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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 12-04-2011 08:20 PM 915 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2011 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak planer chisel plane milling

In that stash of old lumber, there was a wide plank.

I removed the nails, and the beveled edges to get it into my 12-1/2” planer. Board turned out to be White Oak (kind of wormy) and flat sawn to boot. I had cut this 8’ er into two pieces, about three feet each in length, I lost some of the 8’ in trimming the ends.

I had some other pieces in the stash, Between them, something said “Table”! The “Boss” wanted a table for the microwave to sit on. Maybe just some square legs, some plain aprons, and a plank top…

Nah, too simple. So, maybe some molding on the aprons, some bread board thiny on the top? Some square stretchers near the bottom of the legs. Hmm, could be…

Working in the kitchen, no less! Place is also a Duplex, so hand tools were used. A “Hi-Tech Miter Saw:

Maybe a Hi-Tech Planer?

Still need to attach the bread boards TO the plank, finish smoothing everything down, a little stain ( Boss’ orders) and a coat or two of varnish. Just messsing around with a Plank o’Wood…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 10:12 PM

Well what do you want us to say? How about, “great work”. That’s what I’d offer. How are ya gonna finish the table? I saw “varnish”, but I’d seal it with a wash coat of shellac, maybe a stain, then a wiping varnish or several coats of a water-based poly for durability.
I’m smilin’ while I post this ‘cause this kinda work with hand tools is always appreciated. Way to go!!!!!


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#2 posted 12-04-2011 10:20 PM

Nice work, Bandit! That plank turned out to be a really nice project in disguise;) Are you going to support those breadboard ends from underneath? This is a great project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 11:02 PM

Its interesting to see how an ugly ol’ plank can be so beautiful with a little TLC. Great project!

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 11:13 PM

I’m looking at maybe some wood blocks , mitered to fit between the top, and the legs. Colours in the kitchen means that this will get a stain coat. A semi-gloss top coat as well. And to think, there is another 3’ section of this plank still out in the shop….

Still on the list: Large toy box. Maybe a couple benches as well. All this, and no heat in the shop, drat it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 02:48 AM

Great job, you got a nice little table there.

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 09:10 AM

Great job. I like to take wood like that and plane it because it’s usually a good find. I use a lot of recycled wood and get a lot of compliments on the finished project.

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