24 Sep. 1999|
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I layed out the new wood with a piece of old maple butcher block that I ripped in half and ended up with this.
I wanted to use a thickness planer because the material had a number of dings and gouges as well as some stain and polyurethane on the surface that I didn’t want to have to sand off by hand. One thing i did notice with the planer was the harder woods needed a few passes with a shorter cut because the blades bogged down and stopped leaving a heavy line right across the center of your cut. You can see the center strip of hardwood that I incorporated into the table to add another 10″ to the top. This is how I glued one of the legs together – in place on top of the three base boards.
Once i had the base to this point, I realized that there was a lot of lateral play in the structure (if I leaned on one of the legs it would lean in) This is a serious issue because of the weight of the table top. I am not sure mixing woods like this is a good idea, but I did it anyway – you live and you learn.
Very little sanding was necessary on the top of the final table top because of the way the biscuits lined the wood up.
Its clear they are two different types of wood, but I kind of like the quaintness of mixing 4 total types of wood together into one table – it feels like something you would find at an old farmhouse. The top of the plank had a slight bow to it, so I flattened it out with a few passes with the hand planer and the hand rasp.
I can tell you that for the past few days, every time I walk through the kitchen, I run my hand across the top of the table and smile!
Once dried, I filled in all the gaps and screw holes with a wood filler that I made from sawdust and wood glue.