Trestle Table #3: Part 3

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 12-31-2010 07:17 PM 2296 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the final part of this series, I do the final work on the stretchers and then its time for the glueup! The table top gets a special profile as well as a few cable recesses for the monitor and mouse cables. The top is attached via screws in elongated slots, and the counter sink holes are hidden using tapered plugs. Of course, the desk needs a good finish and Arm-R-Seal Stain fits the bill nicely!

Topics Covered:

Milling the cross-members
Cross-member joinery
Small knot repair
Final leg sculpting
Sanding methods for cross-grain situations
Using a special table top router bit
Attaching the top to the base
Making elongated screw slots the easy way
Creating tapered plugs
The Glueup
Finishing and Sanding Strategies
Dust Safety
Finishing Justification: Color and Sheen
Pore-Filling Products

Table Top Router Bit #174-4055
3m 7500 Respirator
A Simple Varnish Finish DVD

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 11:07 PM

Top notch video Marc…and your table turned out great! Thanks for the “side” info on safety, etc., I really think that information is extremely valuable.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 11:10 PM

Well done Marc. I enjoyed the journey. Keep em coming. Thanks for sharing.

-- Duane, Iowa

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Chris Davis

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 12:45 AM

Great video’s especially the use of the Festool Domino. I just bought one and still learning uses for it.

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 01:46 AM

Nice build Marc, The table turned out great. Thanks for another informative video.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 01:01 AM

Great job Marc, I was riveted to the time, in fact after part 2, I could not wait anymore and built this..
I hope you enjoy your new table, cause I do.

I think I learned something, I appreciate your efforts.

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 03:09 AM

Dude, there can be no debate on the matter: you are the master. I love your attention to details. Absolutely beautiful work.

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 03:23 AM

I was under the impression that YOU were the master! Great, now my world is turned upside down. :) Happy new Year buddy!

And thanks everyone for the kind words. Always appreciated!

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 03:37 AM

Oh dear God…I am not worthy! Haha! Seriously Marc…well…you make actual…well…stuff! Damn! And Happy New Year to you too. Yada yada… now go make something else.

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 08:29 PM

Great video. The table turned out beautiful in my opinion. Thanks again for another great project build series. Your work has helped many a beginning woodworker like myself. Best wishes to you and your family in 2011.

-- Matt -

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#10 posted 01-10-2011 06:17 PM

Hey Marc. I love the finished piece nit turned out really good with a really nice flow and color! Thanks for taking the time to show us all the process!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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