Katrina Parks Table November 03rd, 2018 - 07:35:23
They were cut off of when I clamped up the first side. I just used the existing glue lines to help align these small blocks and on the second side, I actually used the outside boards to help line up the clamping operation, and this worked much better. So the first side was just a little out of square, so not a problem. I just came back with a shoulder plane in a block, plane and cleaned it up after that, I glued on the two outside boards and this process was slow going. I didn't have enough clamps to clamp both sides at the same time and the table top was getting heavy and hard to move around.
So it was right about at this point in the build that I actually threw out my back doing yard work, which is really great, and I realized that I wasn't going to be able to put the tabletop through my wide belt sander and I'm sure all of You are thinking Mike, would you like some cheese with that whine I'll admit, I'm no chiropractor, but it is my understanding that, after a back injury, some light exercise can help recovery so grab the hand plane, and I did this the old-fashioned way. I'd like to confirm my mix's ratio by checking the levels in the bottle before and after use.
After the first round of flattening, I pulled out some epoxy and started filling the knotholes, and I added some black dye to this to match the dark stain. That's going to be applied later next, I turn my attention to making the two legs and the stretcher that's going to connect those two legs and same deal as before. I'm gonna laminate two pieces of eight quarter lumber to give a thicker appearance. At this point, you may be wondering why I didn't just buy thicker lumber. After all, it is quite a bit of work to laminate all of these pieces together, and there is a good reason, and that is the lumber supplier that I buy from, doesn't sell.
Sixteen quarter, alder and in the house that this table was going to live in all of the woodwork, including the kitchen, cabinets and so forth, were made out of alder. So the customer wanted it to match, and I understand that so the only choice was to laminate all these pieces together. I like used tools because you can get a better tool for less money, but I also like the stories behind tools and to know that this was a tool that was used by professional furniture maker for many years.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, including up these leg assemblies. I used over a half a gallon of type on three during this project and fortunately, I was able to run these through the wide belt sander to get them nice and flat. It's a challenge to get good dust collection on a 4-inch tall skin cut, but the one thing that helps is to actually turn the dust collector on, and here I'm just filling up the stretcher. That's going to connect the two legs together.