Sanding vs. Planing

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how I achieve such smooth, even surfaces.

Planing and sanding are two methods of removing material and smoothing surfaces. Each technique is completely valid and has its advantages and disadvantages.  When deciding which to use, consider the following.

Planing

Plane when:

  1. you want to achieve a flat surface and crisp edges;
  2. you are using a wood with varying densities and you want it to feel flat and even;
  3. the material tends to clog or quickly dull sandpaper, making sanding impractical; or
  4. the most perfect surface is desired.

Sanding

Sand when:

  1. the flatness of the surface isn’t critical or you need to blend curves or surfaces;
  2. you are using softwood and want the surface to simulate wear or create undulations;
  3. the material is too soft or difficult to work with a plane; or
  4. it is undesirable to have cleanly cut fibres and a highly polished, bare wood surface (e.g. to reduce the sheen).

Deconstructed, Session 4

In Session 1Session 2, and Session 3 I began working on an exploded shelf I’m calling Deconstructed.  I finished the last session by pouring clear resin around the wood parts set in a mould made of waxed melamine.

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Tuesday, I unmoulded the casting.  If everything had gone perfectly, all that would have been required would have been to apply a finish.  Alas, that was not the case, so I continued work.  This was my first time working with resin (Crystal Clear by Smooth-On) and, considering that, I’m happy with the results.

As always, I documented my progress live on Twitter using hashtag #FlairWW (follow me @FlairWoodworks) which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  I also recorded my build in time-lapse and compiled the photos and Tweets into a video (duration – 9:36).

In the next session, I expect to complete the shelf.

Replacing the Pad Protector of my Mirka CEROS

I bought my Mirka CEROS (Compact Electric Random Orbit Sander) 18 months ago.  I didn’t use it much for the first couple of months, but have been using it a lot more, especially on sculpted shapes, including Ash Table and Relationship Study.

The CEROS utilizes a Pad Protector, a thin disc of material with hooks on one side and loops on the other (think Velcro).  When abrasive discs are applied or removed from the sander, the hooks of the Pad Protector take the wear instead of the sander’s pad.  This prolongs the life of the hooks on the pad.  When the sandpaper no longer sticks, you only need to replace the Pad Protector.

This video shows the simple replacement of the Pad Protector and I demonstrate the difference between a worn hook pad and a new one.  (Duration – 1:15)

Maple Trestle Table, Session 30 – Preparing for Finishing and Starting Some Finishing

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up;
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top;
Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top;
Session 24 – Profiling the Table’s Edge;
Session 25 – Completing the Bottom Edge;
Session 26 – Installing the Base;
Session 27 – Flattening the Top and Completing the Edge;
Session 28 – Filling the Voids; and
Session 29 – Removing Epoxy, Then Adding More.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks I’m back at work on Maple Trestle Table. I have more scraping and sanding of epoxy, but hopefully that won’t be the whole day. #flairww-10:41 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll start work today by sanding the bottom to 320-grit. #flairww -10:45 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m sanding the flat area first. Then I’ll sand the contoured edge. #flairww -11:02 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then I’ll flip the top and repeat. #flairww -11:02 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The top has been sanded to 320-grit. At this point, the edge has only been sanded to 120-grit. #flairww -11:17 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The edge has now been sanded to 180-grit. #flairww -11:26 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The edge is now sanded to 220-grit.#flairww -11:34 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The bottom of the table, including the edge, is sanded to 320-grit. Time to flip the top! #flairww -11:42 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks In preparation for flipping the top, I reattached the battens so I don’t risk scratching the surface. #flairww -11:50 AM Jul 8th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks [Are you sanding the edge] by hand? -11:50 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve been using my random orbit sander with a 3/8″ foam interface pad. It works well. #flairww RT @DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks by hand? -11:54 AM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Remember this side? I need to scrape epoxy before sanding. #flairww -11:57 AM Jul 8th, 2012

Tumblewood He’s at it again!! Woot! RT @FlairWoodworks: Remember this side? I need to scrape epoxy before sanding. #flairww -12:05 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Scraping is done. Now I’ll sand to 320-grit. #flairww -12:41 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The first stage of sanding takes the longest. I’ve sanded the top with 120-grit and switched to 180. #flairww -1:10 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks On to 220-grit. #flairww -1:24 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Finally, 320-grit! #flairww -1:33 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve sanded the top to 320-grit. It almost looks finished. #flairww -1:47 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m using a damp rag to raise the grain. #flairww -1:49 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When the surface is wet, it looks finished. This is very rewarding. #flairww -1:49 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After being dampened, the wood feels a little rough. I’ll lightly sand it by hand with 320-grit. #flairww -1:54 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I sanded the edge and knocked down the raised grain. I am done sanding and ready for finishing! #flairww -2:12 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Well, there’s actually a bit more to do before finishing. I have to smooth the epoxy on the inside edges. #flairww -2:14 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I removed the sharpness from the live edge with a little hand sanding. #flairww -2:30 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I blended the epoxy into the live edge with a file and sandpaper. #flairww -2:32 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My first coat will be a finish with UV inhibitors to prevent the epoxy from yellowing. #flairww -2:38 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I know… you want to see a picture of the table with some finish on it. Here you go! #flairww -2:49 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks And now, we wait. #flairww -2:50 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks In an hour, I’ll give the top a light sanding then apply another coat of the exterior finish. #flairww -2:53 PM Jul 8th, 2012

HalfInchShy @FlairWoodworks Looks great, Chris! Gonna be no fun finishing but at least it’s nearly done and out the door! #flairww -3:31 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @HalfInchShy Why do you think it will be no fun to finish? #flairww -3:51 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks It’s been an hour so I’ll give the table a light sanding with 320-grit, then apply another coat. #flairww -3:51 PM Jul 8th, 2012

HalfInchShy @FlairWoodworks ..seems like a lot of nooks and crannies, which is never fun during finishing except that… ur nearly done! wahoo! #flairww-3:53 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The top and base are both in the shop for finishing! #flairww -7:31 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks There are some wicked lumps at the bottom of the can. I guess I need to keep stirring… #flairww -7:33 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Before the second coat, I’m going to lightly sand the surface to make it smooth. #flairww -9:31 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After sanding the finish smooth, I wiped off the dust with a rag slightly dampened with water. #flairww -9:49 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The second coat has been applied to the base and underside of the top. #flairww -10:21 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After this coat of finish dries, I’ll smooth it before applying the final coat. Then I’ll rub it out for a perfect finish. #flairww -10:24 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks In simple terms, rubbing out is sanding the finish. I may use these foam-backed abrasive pads. #flairww -10:27 PM Jul 8th, 2012

HalfInchShy What would it be in non-simple terms? :) RT @FlairWoodworks: In simple terms, rubbing out is sanding the finish. #flairww -10:43 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @HalfInchShy Abrading the macroscopic synthetic stratum to obtain a smooth, uniform appearance using an abrasive medium. #flairww-10:49 PM Jul 8th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m back in the shop preparing for the last coat of finish tonight. #flairww -12:14 AM Jul 9th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I love the way this finish looks. I’ll finish applying the finish tomorrow. #flairww -1:05 AM Jul 9th, 2012

Before flipping the top over to finish the other side, I will rub out the bottom surface. The trestle base needs only to be rubbed out to complete it.  That will happen in Session 31!

Care to leave a comment?

Maple Trestle Table, Session 27 – Flattening the Top and Completing the Edge

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up;
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top;
Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top;
Session 24 – Profiling the Table’s Edge;
Session 25 – Completing the Bottom Edge; and
Session 26 – Installing the Base.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks Welcome to the much-anticipated Session 27 of the Maple Trestle Table build! #flairww-1:13 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve flipped the table top over and I now need to level the joints and reflatten the top. #flairww -1:14 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks woohoo! I’ll be back in the shop following along soon! -1:16 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks According to my longest straight edge, the top is fairly flat but I want it flatter. #flairww -1:20 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Since I’ve been planing by hand for most of the week (seems that way at least) I’m going to start with this. #flairww -1:23 PM Jun 16th, 2012

 luggermatt @FlairWoodworks That Makita planer is a fab bit of kit! I have a very old English electric handplaner. She’s a beast, but fantastic too! 1:25 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Break out the blue chalk! #flairww -1:30 PM Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks oh snap! trestle table build back in progress!!  -1:31 PM Jun 16th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks The dreaded blue chalk hey? Have fun ;-) #flairww -1:32 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After half a dozen passes…#flairww -1:37 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This side is almost done. I’m going to move the table over to work on the other side. #flairww-1:47 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks umm…where’s the flair?! ;o) -1:52 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Haven’t you heard that checkers are in style?  #flairww RT @Tumblewood: @FlairWoodworks umm…where’s the flair?! ;o) -1:52 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used my power planer to get close to flat. I’ll finish with hand planes. #flairww -2:11 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks So who’s out there following along today? #flairww -2:12 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks progress is progress #flairww -2:14 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks now the real work begins…. #flairww -2:16 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks I’ll be in and out… Nice to see the table so close to done. #flairww -2:17 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I ground a light camber on the blade of my #6 hand plane. #flairww -2:18 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks why so? #flairww -2:19 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks “…close to flat…” Do you know it *is* close because winding sticks show it to be so? The short sole of it makes me wonder how flat it is. But no experience here with power planers. Great to hog wood, though. #flairww -2:20 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DozersWorkshop It will allow me to take a deeper cut to be more aggressive because the corners won’t engage. #flairww -2:20 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @woodbard I checked with a 6-foot straight edge and winding sticks. The sole of the planer helps, but does not guarantee flatness. #flairww -2:21 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks Correct! Only winding sticks will reveal it. So you *did* check progress as you went… #flairww -2:22 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @woodbard I would not produce a good result if I just went end to end with the power planer mindlessly. Because of the relatively short sole, I needed to focus on highs. #flairww -2:22 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After grinding the blade, I spend a few minutes on my 600x diamond stone, then my strop charged with honing compound. Ready to go! #flairww -2:24 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks @woodbard I think I saw your stick in a few photos… Winding stick that is…  -2:25 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks Therein lies the secret to use of that nice power planer, Chris. Well done! Wanted to make sure others just starting would also get it. The secret: Always use winding sticks on large surfaces, to get a surface flat. #flairww -2:25 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @woodbard In other words, no tool will work on its own – it requires a knowledgeable and skilled operator for the best results. #flairww -2:27 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @woodbard Does that sound accurate and fair? #flairww -2:27 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Moi! RT @FlairWoodworks So who’s out there following along today? #flairww -2:28 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks You bet! A well thought out process, and also knowing how to tackle it, Chris. You, sir, are accurate and fair :) #flairww -2:29 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Looks more just on the outer edges, right? RT @FlairWoodworks I ground a light camber on the blade of my #6 hand plane. #flairww -2:29 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks And knowledgeable and skilled operator. I was digging a bit deeper, for others who might not read it all, Chris. #flairww -2:30 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The edge of the knives of my power planer leave tracks. I could camber the blades to avoid this but I prefer having plane tracks because they show exactly where the planer starts and stops cutting. #flairww -2:31 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood When I ground the blade free-hand, I aimed for a gradual curve over the entire edge of the blade. #flairww -2:32 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Must just be the photo. #flairww -2:32 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m planing across the grain to remove the power planer tracks. #flairww -2:35 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I love the sound of a sharp plane blade running across the grain. #flairww -2:37 PM Jun 16th, 2012

SMeekWoodworks Agreed! RT @flairwoodworks: I love the sound of a sharp plane blade running across the grain. #flairww -2:40 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks So much for a break from hand planing… #flairww-2:40 PM Jun 16th, 2012

@SMeekWoodworks @flairwoodworks Frankly, all hand planing sounds make me happy. -2:40 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Want a turn? #flairww RT @SMeekWoodworks: @flairwoodworks Frankly, all hand planing sounds make me happy.-2:42 PM Jun 16th, 2012

SMeekWoodworks @flairwoodworks Sure, bring it on over. :) -2:43 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks For that, I have no answer. #flairww RT @SMeekWoodworks: @flairwoodworks Sure, bring it on over. :) -2:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When I’m working on a task that doesn’t require a lot of mental focus, my mind tends to wander. #flairww -2:48 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks It’s these times that I get some of my best ideas. #flairww -2:49 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks What would a table look like if the opposite ends were nowhere near being parallel? I’m thinking twists. #flairww -2:52 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m reminded of this piece – Why Knot – by Kino Guérin. #flairww -2:53 PM Jun 16th, 2012

 Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Reminds me of the piece we played with in bending class.  #flairww -2:57 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood Very impressive! Put a seat across the peak closest and you have a chair! #flairww -2:59 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks I can’t wait to finish this outfeed table. Time to start playing with form! #flairww -3:00 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This section is flat but not yet smooth. #flairww -3:08 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks @woodbard I guess I’m out ;^} RT @FlairWoodworks @woodbard In other words, no tool will work on its own – it required a knowledgeable and skilled operator for the best results. #flairww -3:09 PM Jun 16th, 2012

woodbard @FlairWoodworks I must leave. Have a great weekend, Chris. Glad to “watch” it happen. #flairww -3:11 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood Off to Lowes for a couple items. Go have lunch, Chris. I don’t want to miss anything. #flairww -3:17 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This end is almost flat. #flairww -3:25 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @woodbard Thanks for hanging out and contributing, Al! #flairww -3:26 PM Jun 16th, 2012

@ToddInMontana @FlairWoodworks This is quite possibly the most perfect joint -3:27 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks, Todd! #flairww RT @ToddInMontana:@FlairWoodworks This is quite possibly the most perfect joint -3:27 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @ToddInMontana I’m both relieved and exuberant that it turned out so well. #flairww -3:28 PM Jun 16th, 2012

@ToddInMontana @FlairWoodworks Man you do nice work! -3:29 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thank you, Todd. Your work is impressive as well. #flairww RT @ToddInMontana: @FlairWoodworks Man you do nice work! -3:29 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Someday, I’d like to analyze what makes my work nice. #flairww RT @ToddInMontana: @FlairWoodworks Man you do nice work! -3:29 PM Jun 16th, 2012

ToddInMontana I learned not to over-think it, just let it flow when it feels good & it all works out -3:31 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’s a good start! #flairww RT @ToddInMontana: I learned not to over-think it, just let it flow when it feels good & it all works out -3:31 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Does this texture enhance the surface or detract from it? #flairww -3:34 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve switched to a plane with a finer setting to begin smoothing the surface. I’m still traversing the grain. #flairww -3:37 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks detract I think. But I’m a decorator at heart so a smooth finish is in my blood  -3:39 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks Nice work  -3:40 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @JosephandSon Textures can add visual depth and tactile interest. In some cases, I really enjoy textures but not in others. #flairww -3:42 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @JosephandSon Any ideas how you would finish this table? Don’t hold back on me! Here’s another picture. #flairww -3:43 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks detract. What’s your take? -3:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks very much agree. Not till I saw the wider picture. In my line of work that texture costs me -3:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke Crap. I went back to the table to look at the texture in person but I’d already planed it away… where’s that pic… #flairww -3:45 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m with you. #flairww RT @DyamiPlotke:@FlairWoodworks detract. What’s your take? -3:47 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks what a cracka!!! Shellac? a dark wax? satin lacquer? Danish oil? Nothing too crazy. What you thinking? RT FlairWoodworks @JosephandSon Any ideas how you would finish this table? Don’t hold back on me! Here’s another picture. #flairww -3:51 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @JosephandSon I’m really not sure what I’d like to use. I want more protection than wax and I’m not going to paint the whole table. #flairww -3:53 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks matt oil varnish? -4:02 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’s a possibility. #flairww RT @JosephandSon: @FlairWoodworks matt oil varnish? -4:02 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Just this side remains to be smoothed. #flairww -4:02 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used my power planer to flatten the top length-wise. I’m using my #6 plane to flatten it the other way. #flairww -4:06 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Ugh. My arms are getting tired. #flairww -4:09 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Even without sweeping them into a pile, the shavings on the floor are up to my ankles in some areas. #flairww -4:12 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The tote handle and knob on my Stanley #6 bench plane are the most comfortable of all my planes. #flairww -4:14 PM Jun 16th, 2012

JosephandSon @FlairWoodworks spray it -4:19 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m almost done planing this last section. I could sure use a break so I’m off for lunch. #flairww -4:25 PM Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks I think it takes away from the subtle curve the grain is headed in. But to get down that far you’d be removing tons o’ wood -5:28 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Progress on the table resumes now. I’ve got a little more hand planing to go. #flairww -5:36 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks There’s a fair amount to remove here but I’m using my finely-set plane to avoid tearout around the knot. #flairww -5:42 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Just this one patch of tearout remains to be planed. #flairww -5:56 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Planing is quicker than sanding and it is harder to dish the surface. #flairww -5:57 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks And that’s a wrap! Hand planes are back on the rack. #flairww -6:08 PM Jun 16th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks are those magnets and cork on your plane rack? That’ll let you get a nice steeply angled rack. Gonna steal that good idea! -6:10 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn Yes, they’re 3/4″ rare-earth magnets in cups. Just don’t bump them because you can knock them off the rack. #flairww -6:12 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn That’s why I have a cabinet below it. #flairww -6:12 PM Jun 16th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks yeah there’s a cabinet below mine too, and a lip. The magnet will just be insurance. -6:14 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I want to put a small roundover around the top edge of the table. #flairww -6:18 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I don’t think that this 3/8″-radius bit is big enough, but I’ll try it anyways. If it’s too small, I can always enlarge it. #flairww -6:18 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This roundover profile actually looks pretty good. It needs refinement but it’s a good start. #flairww -6:28 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks A roundover makes the edge more durable, safer (not sharp) and is aesthetically pleasing. #flairww -6:38 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I need to blend the two curves and eliminate the flat spot in the middle. #flairww -6:41 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll need to find a way to make these two chip-outs disappear. #flairww -6:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The chip-outs were from hand planing, not from the router. The grain is surprisingly nasty in that one area. #flairww -6:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve finished sanding the profile with 80-grit. I’ll sand the top surface next. #flairww -7:19 PM Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks it begs to be felt up -7:28 Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks nice I would call it an “anvil round over” it definitely looks like the front end of a large anvil -7:30 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Has anyone tried to nap while sanding? I have. I think I succeeded. (I’ve sanded 3/4 of the top with 80-grit.) #flairww -7:49 PM Jun 16th, 2012

tsangell @FlairWoodworks Dude, scrape that mug. I hate sanding. -7:58 PM June 16th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks what did you sand it with? Hand or machine? -8:02 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @tsangell When working with curves, I find sanding the easiest way to get all the surfaces uniform. #flairww -8:10 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke I used my Mirka random orbit sander with a 3/8″ interface pad. #flairww -8:10 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I turned off the overhead lights in favour of a raking light to highlight surface defects. #flairww -8:13 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Unless that’s a halogen, it’ll keep the shop cooler, too! #flairww -8:15 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood They’re all fluorescent lights – both this one and the ones in the ceiling, so likely no difference. #flairww-8:15 PM Jun 16th, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks just catching up on your progress. Looks great! Ready to see it all put together! #flairww -8:21 PM Jun 16th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Wattage adds up to heat, whether it’s fluorescent, incandescent or other. -8:24 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Final inspection before switching grits! #flairww -8:28 PM Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks you look like 1 of those guys on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier -8:30 PM Jun 16th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks by the way that’s an awesome pic!  -8:30 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m doing a light hand-sanding on the edge with 80-grit before progressing to 120-grit. #flairww -8:33 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @roncbailey Only now did I realize how close I am to finishing the build! Wow! #flairww -8:43 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks! #flairww RT @BCcraftmaster: @FlairWoodworks by the way that’s an awesome pic! -8:43 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Switching to 120-grit! #flairww -8:45 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The rest of the work should go pretty quickly. The first sanding stage takes the most time. #flairww -8:46 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve sanded the top with 120-grit. Now I’m sanding the edge. #flairww -8:59 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Next up: 180-grit! #flairww -9:13 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Done sanding the top! #flairww -9:38 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks What do I do now? #flairww -9:44 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Time to clean up all the shavings I made today. #flairww -9:47 PM Jun 16th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Apparently I did some planing today. #flairww -10:03 PM Jun 16th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @MansFineFurn @flairwoodworks maybe just use two magnets… -6:29 AM Jun 17th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks do you still have the chips? #flairww -6:33 AM Jun 17th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks ready for takeoff, captain? ;-) #flairww -6:43 AM Jun 17th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks looks great. -7:34 AM Jun 17th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks That is just a beautiful piece. I can’t wait to see it all put together with a finish on it! #flairww -8:27 AM Jun 17th, 2012

I’ve put 27 days of work into this table so far and it’s hard to believe that I’m almost done.  But there is still more work to do!

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Maple Trestle Table, Session 25 – Completing the Bottom Edge

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up;
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top;
Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top; and
Session 24 – Profiling the Table’s Edge.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks Time to get some work done on the Maple Trestle Table! #flairww -10:24 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The table is here somewhere under all this yellow birch#flairww -10:28 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I picked up my Domino XL June 1st. It’s still in the box, unopened. The tenon stock is in the other box. #flairww -10:32 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks To start, I’m going to use my block plane and spokeshave to transform the wide bevel into a roundover. #flairww -10:53 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I first added a low bevel along the edge. #flairww -10:57 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then, just a little more work with my spokeshave finished shaping this section of the roundover. #flairww -11:00 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I push my spokeshave across the endgrain at a skewed ange for a clean cut. #flairww -11:07 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks good to see new photos. I was missing the updates. Can’t wait to see it finished -11:16 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I agree on all points! RT @roncbailey: @FlairWoodworks good to see new photos. I was missing the updates. Can’t wait to see it finished -11:17 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The toe of my spokeshave is too hot to comfortably hold from the friction produced by running it over the wood. #flairww -11:22 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I applied some Boeshield (lubricant) to see if that will reduce the friction which is causing the heat buildup. #flairww-11:23 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The Boeshield did work to reduce friction and heat buildup, but I needed another application just now. #flairww -11:32 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The difficult grain of this section prevented me from using my coarse spokeshave to establish the shape. #flairww -11:36 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I was grateful that the remainder of the edge had milder grain so I could use my coarse spokeshave. #flairww -11:57 AM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks One long edge is now shaped. #flairww -12:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Because you don’t have to worry about reversing grain, working end grain is sometimes easier than working long grain. #flairww -12:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got the other end done. Just one long edge remains on the underside. #flairww -12:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks is that the top? -12:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is the bottom. What do you think of the profile? Would you mirror it on top? #flairww RT @DyamiPlotke:@FlairWoodworks is that the top? -12:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Before progressing to the last edge, I mixed some epoxy to fill and solidify this section. #flairww-12:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Because of the depth of the void and the shrinkage of epoxy, it will need a second (and possibly third) application. #flairww -12:38 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

tsangell @FlairWoodworks I don’t detect any tint to the epoxy. If it’s clear, that’s also cool because you can see into the void.

FlairWoodworks @tsangell You are correct! #flairww -12:42 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

 FlairWoodworks The top sits on two cabinets with 4″ locking casters which allow it to be moved around with little effort. #flairww -12:43 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks However, when the casters are locked, everything becomes quite immobile. #flairww -12:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks I like the profile for the bottom. For the top, it might make things prone to sliding off. -12:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke My thoughts exactly! #flairww -12:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

 FlairWoodworks I don’t see any need to fill these cracks with epoxy. #flairww -12:47 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got the last edge roughly shaped. I’m switching to my fine spokeshave to refine the surface. #flairww -1:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is how I mix epoxy#flairww -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks All four edges of the bottom of the tabletop have been shaped. #flairww -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m walking around the table, running my hand along the edge to feel for variations that need to be blended. #flairww -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m using my random orbit sander with the foam interface pad and 80-grit to blend the surfaces. #flairww -1:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Make no mistake – it takes considerable effort to get a curve just the way I want it. Flat spots are difficult to remove. #flairww -2:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve finished smoothing the first long edge. Hopefully the next three will go more quickly.#flairww -2:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I finished smoothing one end. I’m working on the second long edge, trying to eliminate a flat spot. #flairww -2:40 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Just this one section remains to be smoothed. The epoxy is dry so I’ll start that now. #flairww -3:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Upon closer examination, the 5-minute epoxy is still a little soft, so I’ll break for lunch. #flairww -3:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Before leaving for lunch, I mixed more epoxy to finish filling the void. I used duct tape to make a dam. #flairww -3:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Lunch is done and gone. I wonder if the epoxy is cured yet… #flairww -4:22 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy is not fully hardened yet. The duct tape dam worked perfectly! #flairww -4:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I was able to peel back the duct tape easily, leaving behind a smooth surface. #flairww -4:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks While the epoxy is curing, I’ll sand the newly-profiled edges with 120-grit paper. #flairww -4:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks do you use a shop vac from the underside to help pull the epoxy into the void? (@WoodWhisperer tip) -4:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster Nope. Gravity is enough and the glue is thin too. I don’t need full penetration and it’s not a crack that goes through the slab. -4:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

Carvingsbysean @FlairWoodworks Chris that is really starting to look awesome! How is your day my friend?

FlairWoodworks @Carvingsbysean Progress is slow but steady so I’m happy. I also had a good lunch so that helps too. How’s your Sunday going? #flairww -4:51 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

Carvingsbysean @FlairWoodworks Pretty good :) want to get some carving done tonight. -4:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Suction from my dust extractor seems lower than usual. I’ll check the bag. #flairww -5:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks It’s not completely full, but pretty close. I’ll empty it. #flairww -5:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks leave [the cracks] be. As long as you don’t think they will spread… -5:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks can you reuse Festool bags or are they disposable? -5:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

Carvingsbysean @FlairWoodworks I keep my wood shavings and then throw them on my wifes flower gardens. Makes great mulch -5:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

Carvingsbysean @FlairWoodworks You can always let friends or family know you have it, hehe they will I am sure come and collect it eagerly :) -5:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster You can buy reusable Festool bags but I just use (and reuse) the disposable ones. #flairww -5:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks what do you use to “re-close” them? I use duct tape. (Tip courtesy of @TomsWorkbench) -5:35 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster I use little metal clips similar to binder clips. #flairww -5:40 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I replaced the dust extractor bag and the suction has been restored. #flairww -5:42 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks where did you find them? Office supply store? -5:42 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster I got them from Garrett Wade. I looked on their site but couldn’t find it. #flairww -5:43 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster Here’s a link from another supplier. #flairww -5:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks While I wait for the epoxy to cure and ponder if I should fill the cracks, I’m going to go do something else. #flairww-5:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I installed a Wixey digital readout on my thickness planer while waiting for the epoxy to cure.#flairww -6:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy is still a little soft so I’ll continue pondering what to do with the cracks and voids. #flairww -6:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks black tinted epoxy for the voids. I’ve been doing a mesquite headboard with that technique. picture when clamps are off

FlairWoodworks @roncbailey How long until the clamps can be removed? #flairww -6:51 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks instead of hiding [the voids], is there a way you can accentuate them? -6:59 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster They are not being hid in any way. I just need to stabilize them. That’s all. #flairww -7:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

TomsWorkbench @BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks If it moves and it’s not supposed to… duct tape. If it doesn’t and it should, WD-40. -7:01PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @TomsWorkbench Oh, Tom – you’re so helpful. #flairww -7:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

TomsWorkbench @FlairWoodworks Someone has to be! ;-) -7:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks @TomsWorkbench Do you think this is good enough? ;) #flairww -7:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

TomsWorkbench @FlairWoodworks Good enough? Dude, that’s INSPIRED! – 7:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks @TomsWorkbench just write “fixed” in magic marker on the duct tape and call it a day! -7:11 Jun PM 3rd, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks overnight. But here is a shot of a leg blank -7:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks and a sample for finish. The void was all the way through. -7:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

tsangell @FlairWoodworks Butterfly dutchman from the same material? Subtle. -7:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’s what I’m thinking. It’s also the underside. #flairww RT @tsangell: @FlairWoodworks Butterfly dutchman from the same material? Subtle. -7:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Still waiting for the glue to harden so I swept and vacuumed the floor. #flairww -7:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I made a jig to cut dovetail keys at the bandsaw. #flairww -8:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I resawed the dovetail key into three, each a fat 1/2″. I need the top one. I may not need the others. #flairww -8:39 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I use double-sided tape to secure the dovetail key in place while I score the perimeter with a knife. #flairww -8:41 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I remembered to mark which end goes where and which face is exposed. #flairww -8:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I drilled out most of the waste with a forstner bit. #flairww -8:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used a chisel to gradually chop back to the knife lines. #flairww -9:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Finally, I used my small router plane to flatten the bottom. #flairww -9:12 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I lightly chamfered the underside of the dovetail key with a chisel. I’m ready to install it now. #flairww -9:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Now I get to wait for more glue to dry. #flairww -9:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy is finally hard. I’ll finish the edge now. #flairww -9:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used my block plane to remove most of the epoxy on the surface. #flairww -9:40 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks After levelling the epoxy, I’ll polish the surface with my sander. #flairww -9:43 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks The two small shiny spots are low areas that have not been touched. Just a little more sanding is required. #flairww -9:47 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks Since it’s nearly 10pm, I’m going to stop work in the shop at this point. Thanks for following along with me! #flairww-9:51 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

FlairWoodworks This looks great. I’m very happy with this section. #flairww -9:52 PM Jun 3rd, 2012

Gsharptools @FlairWoodworks looks a great idea [for the dovetail key jig]. Could you spare more detail as that’s one of my next jobs. 500yr old oak dried/split on my table top:-( -3:28 AM Jun 4, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Gsharptools For the cutout, the long angled cut is to the angle of the dovetail and the bottom cut is square to it. That’s all! -9:39 AM Jun 4, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Gsharptools Then, just mark the midpoint in length and saw to that point, flipping and turning the key to make all four cuts. -9:40 AM Jun 4, 2012

Only a little more work remains before I can flip over the table top and finish the top surface!

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Maple Trestle Table, Session 24 – Profiling the Table’s Edge

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up;
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top; and
Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks Welcome to Session 24! I’ll continue work on the Maple Trestle Table by cutting the ends, then working on the edge profile. #flairww -12:48 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m ready to make the first cut. #flairww -12:58 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cut the curve with my jigsaw. Now I’m using my low-angle block plane to clean up and fair the curve. #flairww -1:22 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This joint is nice and tight. #flairww -1:25 PM May 27th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworks Now THAT’S a joint! How thick is the wood there again? -1:29 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks It’s 2-1/8″ thick. #flairww RT @gvmcmillan:@FlairWoodworks Now THAT’S a joint! How thick is the wood there again? -1:29 PM May 27th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworks That’s substantial – what did you use to make that much thickness so perfect? Surely not a hand plane? -1:31 PM May 27, 2012

FlairWoodworks @gvmcmillan I used a router to get it close, then a handplane to get it perfect. #flairww -1:32 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The curve looks and feels fair. Therefore, it must be fair. #flairww -1:38 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Now I’ll cut the other end. #flairww -1:39 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s another angle of the cut end. #flairww -1:40 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When using the jigsaw upside-down, I find it helpful to carry the cut line down the edge. #flairww -1:49 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I completed the cut. I have more control with the jigsaw set to not orbit. #flairww -1:58 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Again, I’m using my block plane to fair the curve. The light areas are the low spots. #flairww-2:21 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The end curves are fair. The next step is to lay out the edge profile. #flairww -2:28 PM May 27th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks have you figured it out? -2:31 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke All the edge profiles in the base are convex, as are the ends of the table. I want to mimic the profile of the legs. #flairww -2:34 PM May 27th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks good plan. -2:40 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Before I start profiling the edge, I’m going to tidy up the shop. #flairww -2:47 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I unscrewed the particle board cauls. The materials may be reused or tossed. #flairww -2:48 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve used more than 22 sanding discs so far. They cost about a buck each. #flairww -3:03 PM May 27th, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks they don’t seem very long lived -3:07 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke Some still have life in them, but they do tend to wear quickly when working on sculpted surfaces. #flairww -3:08 PM May 27th, 2012

 Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks @DyamiPlotke Yea, it seems a big difference between finishing a surface and creating a surface, in terms of longevity. -3:09 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks To cut the edge profile evenly, I’m going to first cut a wide bevel. #flairww -3:27 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks To lay out the bevel, I made two simple jigs. They guide a pencil to draw a line parallel to the edges. #flairww -3:29 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The second jig marks the other guideline. #flairww -3:41 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve started establishing the end bevel with my biggest gouge and a mallet. #flairww -3:51 PM May 27th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworks Yep, that’s a pretty big gouge! My biggest is 1″ -4:00 PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks are you still going for a cove vs a bevel? I can’t think of an expedient way to do that. #flairww

FlairWoodworks @gvmcmillan This one is a 9/25 (#9 sweep, 25mm mm wide, for the non-carvers). #flairww -4:03 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood No, I’m doing an elliptical roundover. #flairww -4:03 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood The quickest way to make a large cove on something like this table top would be a series of passes with a router… #flairww -4:04 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood … then sandpaper to finish. #flairww -4:04 PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks oh cool. The round over would’ve been my choice, too.  #flairww -4:10 PM May 27th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworks I think I’d be tempted to knock of the largest bits with my jig saw set at a 45 degree angle. #flairww -4:11 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @gvmcmillan The only trouble with that is the bevel angle is a 1:2 rise/run ratio. #flairww -4:11 PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks yea with a big cove bit. Would still require a LOT of extra work. #flairww -4:11 PM May 27th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworks Yes, but, ahem, who decided that? ;) #flairww -4:12 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood Some extra work for sure. How would it be compared to the alternatives? #flairww -4:13 PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks I think your approach melds w/ the base very well.  #flairww -4:15 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks, Vic! I do too. RT @Tumblewood:@FlairWoodworks I think your approach melds w/ the base very well. #flairww -4:16 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve used the gouge to remove most of the waste. #flairww -4:33 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Now I’m using a coarsely-set block plane across the grain to refine the bevel. #flairww -4:34 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s the first bevel completed. I’ll do the other end next. #flairww -4:45 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks As I’m wasting away the bevel with my gouge and mallet, “Wasting Away” by The Northern Pikes started to play! #flairww -4:47 PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks SWEET! #flairww -4:50 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When chopping away waste, it does not make sense to be timid. When the chips break free, they fly 4-6′ from the table. #flairww -4:56 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cannot believe how long this gouge stays sharp. #flairww -5:00 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The second end is shaped. I’m tired and hungry so I’m stopping for lunch. #flairww -5:14 PM May 27th, 2012

DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks what brand? -5:43 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My gouge is a Pfeil (a.k.a. Swiss-Made). #flairww RT @DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks what brand? -5:44 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After a delicious lunch, I’m back at work on the edges of the table. I’m going to work on the long edges next. #flairww -6:19 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The curves present a little bit of a challenge but mostly they will make progress slower. #flairww-6:23 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The difficult figure won’t help either. #flairww -6:24 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My drawknife works quickly to remove most of the waste. #flairww -6:30 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cleaned up the edge with my flat spokeshave. #flairww -6:40 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks As I expected, this section is difficult to work. #flairww -6:43 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The best way I’ve found to work this section is to use the gouge to chop into the edge. #flairww -6:47 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My right arm is sore from swinging my 12oz carver’s mallet but the gouge work is done here. #flairww -6:56 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got one long bevel done. Next! #flairww -7:29 PM May 27th, 2012

woodshaver101 @FlairWoodworks A draw knife would do wonders on such a large bevel.looking good. -8:04 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks! This is a lot of work! #flairww RT @woodshaver101: @FlairWoodworks A draw knife would do wonders on such a large bevel.looking good. -8:05 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I just finished the difficult (and beautiful) section on this edge. #flairww -8:06 PM May 27th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks that looks great with the curve of the flitch -8:07PM May 27th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks looks awesome! #flairww -8:11 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m just glad my spokeshaves can handle this grain! #flairww -8:12 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I resorted to the gouge for this heavily-figured section. #flairww -8:25 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When the grain is this figured, is it any wonder it took so long to shape? The bevel is complete. #flairww -8:33 PM May 27th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m done work for now. Next, the bevels will turn into gentle curves. #flairww -8:34 PM May 27th, 2012

In the next session, I’ll continue working on the bottom half of the edge profile.  You can leave a comment here.

Maple Trestle Table, Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up; and
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks I’m back at work on the table after a full day working on Time Warp Tool Works projects. #flairww -2:19 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I can finally remove these long clamps under which I’ve been constantly crawling. #flairww -2:21 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks An unexpected setback – I killed the output of my stereo. I blame @hailthevillain #flairww -2:29 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I wrapped the shiny red handle with a strip of a bicycle inner tube. Remember: shiny handles suck. #flairww -2:46 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks With the pressure of the clamps gone, I can remove the glue squeeze-out and reflatten the surface. #flairww -2:58 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My Stanley Bailey #6 isn’t tuned as well as a smoother but it doesn’t need to be. #flairww -3:02 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m using a hand plane to refine the visible surfaces of the battens. #flairww -3:12 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Both battens are nicely refined. Now I’ll sand the underside of the table top to 180-grit before attaching the battens. #flairww -3:20 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I spent an hour on the phone with an engraver friend. (Anybody have an engraved tool?) Now I’ll begin sanding. #flairww -4:37 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The glue-up and handling resulted in a few dings so I went back to 80-grit to remove them. Now I’m uisng 120-grit. #flairww -4:49 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve sanded the surface to 120-grit. I’m not going to go to 180-grit at this point. Now I’ll work on the edge. #flairww -5:19 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used my jack plane to fair the convex section and spokeshave to fair the concave section of the edge. #flairww -5:22 PM May 24th, 2012

This video shows how I used my low-angle jack plane to fair the convex edge.  (Duration – 0:53)

FlairWoodworks This section will make profiling the edge more difficult, but also will make the end result more impressive. #flairww -5:23 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy That edge will look fantastic with a finish @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:29 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Unsure of which profile I want, I added a mild chamfer to the edge. Hmm… #flairww -5:34 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The edge definitely needs something to visually lighten it. #flairww -5:34 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy Maybe sculpt some undulations in place of the chamfer, they can go deep, but not far into the top surface @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:36 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy Or maybe the same idea, but the undulations from underneath @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:36 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve use bevels top and bottom of varying sizes before, like on Table with a Twist#flairww-5:37 PM May 24th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks twist it like the aprons on that other sick table you built! -5:37 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Neat idea. I had thought of a wavy edge. RT @HalfInchShy: Maybe sculpt some undulations in place of the chamfer @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:38 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy Something like that would work if the bevels are shallow; don’t think making them steep would do it @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:38 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I don’t think the slabs suit it. RT @BCcraftmaster: @FlairWoodworks twist it like the aprons on that other sick table you built! -5:39 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy sorry… ‘something like that’ has ‘Table with a Twist’ as the antecedent @FlairWoodworks #flairww -5:39 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn: @FlairWoodworks semi-parabolic cove underneath-5:41 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I was thinking of that… #flairww RT @MansFineFurn: @FlairWoodworks semi-parabolic cove underneath-5:41 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @HalfInchShy Careful! I have a piece titled, Something Like That#flairww -5:42 PM May 24th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks how about a bottom bevel to give it a thinner look. Like this  -5:46 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster Yes, that’s a possibility. #flairww-5:47 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks While I ponder the shape, I’m going to go get some lunch. #flairww -5:48 PM May 24th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks I saw T-mac do it on one of his tables and used it on my fireplace mantle and entertainment center – 5:50 PM May 24, 2012

DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks I like the chamfer. -6:06 PM May 24, 2012

HalfInchShy Great, you’ll come back and shape it like a burger… RT @FlairWoodworks: While I ponder the shape, I’m going to go get some lunch. #flairww -6:14 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m not sure whether I’ll go wth a chamfer or round-over profile. I don’t like the idea of a concave profile. #flairww -6:15 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks boooooo ;) -6:15 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn You like the idea of a hollow? #flairww -6:18 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks yup, underside hollow makes the edge appear thin (lightweight) rather than appearing as a feature in itself…. -6:19 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @HalfInchShy Hmm… a hamburger bun has a nice shape… #flairww -6:19 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks …you have lots of other features to showcase on that, the edge should be subtle, and lightweight -6:20 PM May 24, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn A bevel on the underside has the same effect without disappearing entirely. #flairww -6:22 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks yes, but your whole table has curvature, a chamfer doesn’t seem to fit the theme (stands out, and not in a good way IMHO [in my honest opinion]) -6:23 PM May 24, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn So the question is: would a chamfer provide good or bad contrast? #flairww -6:26 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks I can only say in my opinion, it would stand out. which (I think) is not where you’d like the focus to be on this piece -6:28 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I have some offcuts from the table top on which I can experiment. #flairww -6:28 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy What about a wavy edge? like Flow. In my mind, it doesn’t look good, though @FlairWoodworks #flairww -6:28 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @HalfInchShy No, I wouldn’t want a wavy edge like on Flow. #flairww -6:30 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks damn, a design hangout would be awesome right about now. -6:30 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn You are right – the edge should not compete for attention. #flairww -6:32 PM May 24th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks @MansFineFurn @HalfInchShy @DyamiPlotke sure. I’m creating a g+ accredited now -6:37 PM May 24th, 2012

MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks I may be able to: If I show up, I’ll be there #captainobvious -6:38 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m back in the shop and going to cut up an offcut from the table for testing profiles. #flairww -6:47 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Are you on G+? Join my Hangout and help me design an edge profile for the table! Link #flairww -6:54 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m going to profile the edges as well as the ends, so I need to cut the ends first. #flairww -7:15 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I also need to fair the other edge of the table. #flairww -7:15 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I had one design Hangout with @MansFineFurn and@DyamiPlotke earlier and one with @BCcraftmaster just now. They were a great help! #flairww -8:07 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve dressed a scrap of maple the same thickness as the table top. I’ll use it as a test for the profile. #flairww -8:08 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is the profile I want to use on the edge. I’ll rough it out with my table saw. #flairww -8:09 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I redrew the curve with perpendicular lines every 1/4″ to aid in setting the table saw blade height. #flairww -8:18 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here is the kerfed block. This process is similar to using a rabbet plane before hollows and rounds. #flairww -8:42 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Cutting all the grooves requires getting into a rhythm. If you break the rhythm, you might need to start again. #flairww -8:44 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I broke away most of the waste with a mallet. #flairww -8:50 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used a gouge to refine the surface. The convex plane will finish the job. #flairww -8:57 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Luckily I have a full set of Time Warp Tool Works moulding planes. The #8 round worked perfectly! #flairww -9:13 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I could use either a scraper or sander to smooth the curve. #flairww -9:17 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The scraper worked quickly to even out the surface. #flairww -9:29 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks  As is often the case with mouldings, the last inch or so isn’t as consistent as the rest. #flairww -9:31 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I think this is going to look awesome. Good call, Nick! @mansfinefurn #flairww -9:33 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The last thing I’ll do in the shop tonight is draw the curves along which I’ll cut the table ends. #flairww -9:46 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I drew two lines square to each edge that intersected at an point (where the pencil is). #flairww -10:02 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then I drew a line between the two ends of the lines. #flairww -10:04 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m looking at pictures from Session 4 to figure out what curve I like. #flairww -10:05 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here are three curves I’d drawn in Session 4. I’m only looking at the curvature, not the positioning. #flairww -10:07 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy Just got back; would have been a fun hangout. I like the thumbnail cove you decided on @FlairWoodworks #flairww -10:10 PM May 24th, 2012

HalfInchShy Now, to find a router bit that big… =:-O @FlairWoodworks #flairww -10:11 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks! RT @HalfInchShy: Just got back; would have been a fun hangout. I like the thumbnail cove you decided on @FlairWoodworks #flairww -10:12 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This curve has 1-1/2″ of bow. I like it. #flairww -10:14 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve laid out the curve on the other end too. #flairww -10:24 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I added a piece of tape to guide me across the void. #flairww -10:26 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m considering making a template to rout the ends evenly because tuning end-grain isn’t much fun. #flairww -10:35 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used a CAD program to calculate the radius of the arcs which I laid out. They have a radius of 74-7/8″. #flairww -10:35 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I could always cut close to the line and fair the curve. That wouldn’t be that difficult. #flairww -10:39 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Tuning the two cuts with my random orbit sander should be easier than making a template. That’s what I’ll do next time. #flairww -10:41 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m done in the shop for today. Thanks for following! #flairww -10:43 PM May 24th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks Another fabulous day! Thanks for posting :-) -10:43 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks! I’m appreciative of all the interest that’s been shown. RT @luggermatt: @FlairWoodworks Another fabulous day! Thanks for posting :-) -10:46 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When designing the edge profile, I forgot about the battens. This one is in the way. #flairww-11:19 PM May 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I could either shorten the length of the edge profile or shorten the batten. Or I could do both. #flairww -11:20 PM May 24th, 2012

In the next session, I’ll cut the ends of the table and work on profiling the edges.

What do you think of the profile?  Does it suit the table?  Or do you think a round-over profile or another shape would look better?  Leave me a comment!

Maple Trestle Table, Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then More Sanding

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving; and
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks Welcome to Session 20 of the Maple Trestle Table! #flairww -1:05 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s where I left off last night. I first have to decide if I’m happy with the shape or if it needs more. #flairww -1:05 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Have you checked out the slideshow showing the progress on the Maple Trestle Table? #flairww -1:10 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I want to round over the ends more. #flairww -1:19 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Much better! #flairww -1:23 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks From Abranet HD 40-grit sanding discs, I’m progressing to HD 60-grit. This should not take long. #flairww -1:36 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m halfway done with the Abranet HD 60-grit. The stretcher has some dings so it needs to be sanded too. #flairww -2:03 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Break time! #flairww -2:29 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Okay, back to work after a brief call with @GarthTW2. Yep, the toolmaking business is keeping me busy too! #flairww -2:49 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve sanded this leg with the 80-grit on the sander. Now I need to hand-sand the three tight areas. #flairww -3:03 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve finished sanding the first leg. Now I’m hand-sanding the leg/stretcher joint. #flairww -3:19 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve sanded the stretcher and am now working on the other leg/stretcher joint. #flairww -3:36 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Ok, I’m done sanding the second leg/stretcher transition. I get a hand-sanding break while I use my Mirka CEROS to sand the leg. #flairww -3:56 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Now back to hand-sanding to finish the 80-grit stage. #flairww -4:10 PM May 20th, 2012

GarthTW2 @FlairWoodworks Need another phone chat to keep the momentum going? :) -4:14 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Ha ha! I do hand-sand well when on the phone! #flairww RT @GarthTW2: @FlairWoodworks Need another phone chat to keep the momentum going? :) -4:16 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m finished hand-sanding with 80-grit but I found a low spot that was missed. I will use my random orbit sander to level this area. #flairww -4:31 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m done sanding with 80-grit. Lunch time now! #flairww -4:43 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Back from lunch, I’ll continue sanding the table’s base, this time with 120-grit Abranet abrasive paper. #flairww -5:41 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks For the 80-grit stage, I used one disc on my Mirka random orbit sander and one for hand-sanding. Each has a little more life. #flairww -5:45 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I first sanded the exposed end-grain surfaces using my sander without the interface pad. The interface pad is attached here. #flairww -5:53 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m doing some hand sanding while listening to @ravinheart’s live broadcast. #flairww -6:09 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got one leg sanded with 120-grit abrasive now. Can you see any difference? #flairww -7:04 PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks love me some maple! -7:06PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks With which woods do you normally work? #flairww RT @BCcraftmaster: @FlairWoodworks love me some maple! -7:07 PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks still fairly new so I’ve been mixing it up as much as possible just to get them “under my belt” as of now, walnut is my fav -7:09PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks readily available and cheap in eastern PA and it looks awesome with oil! -7:10PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster I’ll trade you maple for walnut! I have access to lots of maple! -7:11PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks what’s shipping on one of those slabs? Hahhha -7:12PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster Expensive, probably! -7:12PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks #crosscountrycolaboration -7:15PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Not to mention #CrossBorder @BCcraftmaster #crosscountrycolaboration -7:22PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks can’t wait to see this table flipped right side up. -7:25PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster The base is right side up… -7:28PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks you #flipped it???? -7:32PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks or is it just not attached to the top yet? -7:32PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster It’s been upright since I started sanding. It’s sitting on the top instead of the other way around. -7:33PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks ohhhhhhh.. how many more hours do you think you have left? -7:35PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Ha ha ha… lots! RT @BCcraftmaster: @FlairWoodworks ohhhhhhh.. how many more hours do you think you have left? -7:36PM May 20th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks well stop tweeting me and get back to work!! :-) -7:43PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster Well, after 5 hours of sanding, you can understand that I don’t mind taking a few seconds to reply to you! Okay, okay… :) -7:45PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I decided to reshape the feet. They are now more rounded on top. #flairww -7:53 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is why I don’t sand one section to completion before another. #flairww -7:55 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This makes the feet appear to taper when viewed from above. #flairww -8:03 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I shaped the foot with my block plane, then started smoothing the facets with 120-grit paper. See the difference? #flairww -8:19 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The feet are reshaped and sanded to 120-grit. Now for 180-grit. #flairww -8:14 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks It’ll be all hand-sanding from here on. #flairww -8:16 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Since I’m not using the random orbit sander anymore, I’m switching to sandpaper folded in quarters. #flairww -8:22 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Norton 3X is as effective as the Abranet and cheaper. #flairww-8:23 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks For hand-sanding non-flat objects, I have no at-source dust collection. #flairww -8:36 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I gave away my portable air filtration unit in an early Overflow giveaway because I never needed it. [Subscribe to this blog to be notified when new articles, including Overflow Giveaways, are posted!] #flairww -8:37 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks As a result, I’ve moved into the adjacent machine shop equipped with an air filtration unit, windows and doors. #flairww -8:38 PM May 20th, 2012

TheWoodBug thank you :) ! RT @FlairWoodworks I decided to reshape the feet. -9:06

FlairWoodworks This is why I am hand-sanding the rest of the way. #flairww -9:17 PM May 20th, 2012 Tumblewood Your ROS must’ve grabbed some grit. RT @FlairWoodworks: This is why I am hand-sanding the rest of the way. #flairww -9:34

FlairWoodworks I’m very happy to tell you that I am done sanding the base. #flairww -10:00 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks You’re welcome? RT @TheWoodBug: @FlairWoodworks thank you :) ! RT @FlairWoodworks I decided to reshape the feet.

woodshaver101 @FlairWoodworks its coming together.are you going to match the radius on the legs on the tops outside edge?looking good.

FlairWoodworks @woodshaver101 I haven’t decided yet! That decision will be coming up shortly though! #flairww -10:11 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Upon close inspection under the good lighting in my bench room, the base still needs more sanding. #flairww -10:31 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I drilled and counterbored a hole in each attachment strip for bolts to secure the base to the top. #flairww -10:39 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m thinking about an edge profile for the table right now. #flairww -10:42 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Not happy with my hand-sanding, I decided to try sanding to 320-grit with my random orbit sander. It seems to work well. #flairww -11:00 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks However, I’ve had enough sanding for today. It’s time for a shower, then dinner. #flairww -11:00 PM May 20th, 2012

uppercutwood @FlairWoodworks didya have a good one -11:02 PM May 20th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I made a lot of progress. I’ve still got a lot of work to do though! #flairww RT @uppercutwood: @FlairWoodworks didya have a good one -11:03 PM May 20th, 2012

I’m not quite done sanding the base, but most of it is done.  You know there’s more to come!  Care to leave a comment?

Maple Trestle Table, Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs; and
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks There will be much sanding today. #flairww -11:56 AM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I am happy with how this section of the leg looks. #flairww -12:02 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I think I will cut the tenons flush after all. #flairww -12:05 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cut the tenon off and I’m using my block plane to trim it flush. #flairww -12:18 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I haven’t sharpened my block plane through this whole project. I can’t believe it’s still sharp. #flairww -12:20 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The block plane affords many different grips. #flairww -12:24 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When sanding, my objective is to remove all other existing tool marks. #flairww -12:27 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When shaping, I work the entire piece as one – I don’t let one section get further ahead than another. #flairww -12:29 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I will often make changes to the shape so I only move onto finer grits of sandpaper once I’ve established a shape I like. #flairww -12:30 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This area was too difficult to carve with the angle grinder. I’ll use gouges, rasps and sandpaper. #flairww -12:36 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks It can be difficult to remove marks and glue in corners. I use a card scraper at a low angle. #flairww -12:43 PM May 19th, 2012

LornaBourke @FlairWoodworks Good call on trimming the tenon to be flush with leg, looks very nice. -12:45 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thank you! #flairww RT @LornaBourke: @FlairWoodworks Good call on trimming the tenon to be flush with leg, looks very nice. -12:46 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Since I’m still in the initial refining stage, I am using coarse sandpaper and will sand in all ways regardless of grain direction. #flairww -12:50 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This section is now shaped. It still needs to be refined. #flairww -1:00 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This surface is far from smooth but I am happy with the shape. I’ll move on to the other leg. #flairww -1:14 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This leg needs a lot of refining! #flairww -1:20 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks 40-grit makes quick work of the uneven surface. #flairww -1:23 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m still using the first 40-grit Abranet HD sanding disc. It’s not worn out, but I’ll change it for a fresh one. #flairww -1:25 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Preliminary sanding with my sander is done. Now I’ll use hand tools to sculpt the tighter areas. #flairww -1:50 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I use a coarse, round rasp to carve until the point of the V disappears. I’m almost there. #flairww -1:55 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then I use both sides of a half-round rasp to blend the surfaces. #flairww -1:59 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks By the way, I neither own, nor have any desire to own any fine rasps. Mine are all very coarse and cost about $20-30 each. #flairww -2:05 PM May 19th, 2012

sharpendwood @FlairWoodworks Really like the shaping you’ve done. Very pleasing lines…at least to me ;) -2:19 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When I power-carved the legs, I left this area square. I want to sculpt it to be more round. #flairww -2:28 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Oh, here is the crotch area completed. #flairww -2:29 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used a Kutzall burr in my drill to sculpt this tight area. #flairww -2:42 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The end of this leg is much larger than on the other leg. I’m trying to decide if I should change it. #flairww -2:45 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Any guesses as to what I decided to do? #flairww -2:47 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After cutting the bulk of the waste away, I used a gouge to roughly establish the shape. #flairww -2:58 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I used a flat spokeshave to refine the shape. No templates or measurements were used. #flairww -3:04 PM May 19th, 2012

roncbailey @FlairWoodworks really have enjoyed following this build. It looks outstanding! -3:22 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Both legs are sculpted. Before progressing to finer grits I need to decide if I want to do any more shaping. #flairww  -3:21 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thank you, Ron! #flairww RT @roncbailey: @FlairWoodworks really have enjoyed following this build. It looks outstanding! -3:22 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I don’t like the square edges on the tops of the feet. #flairww -3:53 PM May 19th, 2012

TheWoodBug @FlairWoodworks Now your talking! -3:54 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Whooo! #flairww RT @TheWoodBug: @FlairWoodworks Now your talking! -3:54 PM May 19th, 2012

tulcarvely: @FlairWoodworks what are you thinking of doing? Maybe angle bevel? or rounded? -3:57 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Probably rounded. #flairww RT @tulcarvely: @FlairWoodworks what are you thinking of doing? Maybe angle bevel? or rounded? -3:57 PM May 19th, 2012

TheWoodBug @FlairWoodworks having fun today I can see and making great progress sir -3:58 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @TheWoodBug It is very fulfilling to see it take shape. #flairww -3:59 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m not sure how much I want to round over the ends. I’ll start with the area nearest the legs, then work outwards. #flairww -4:01 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Having the right tools to do this type of work is important but trusting yourself is even more important. #flairww -4:04 PM May 19th, 2012

DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks looks great. -4:13 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks, Dyami! #flairww RT @DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks looks great. -4:14 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Have I inspired anybody to try sculpting part of their next piece of furniture? #flairww -4:15 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This angular corner doesn’t look good to me either. #flairww -4:25 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The near-right side is rounded. I can’t stop here. #flairww -4:25 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Again, I used my round rasp to round the V. #flairww -4:31 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Some people like to undercut their tenon shoulders. It’s not a good idea if you will be sculpting the piece. #flairww -4:31 PM May 19th, 2012

gvmcmillan @FlairWoodworksThat joint sure looks nice tho! -4:33 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks, Grant! #flairww RT @gvmcmillan: @FlairWoodworksThat joint sure looks nice tho! -4:34 PM May 19th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks that’s a great point [to not undercut tenon shoulders]. Never really thought about that but will have to keep it in mind if I decide to go “round” #flairww-4:36 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m happy with the shape of this area and will do the same on the other end of this foot, then the other foot. #flairww 5:04 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks At 5:04, I’m going for a lunch break. #flairww -5:04 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made so far today. #flairww -5:05 PM May 19th, 2012

SMeekWoodworks @FlairWoodworks Really can’t wait to see this table when it’s finished. It’s amazing. -5:47 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Wow! That was the most amazing sandwich I’ve had in a long time! Toasted sourdough, guacamole… (back in the shop now). #flairww -8:04 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m going to start shaping the left side of this foot. #flairww-8:09 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks As always, I started by defining the ankle. #flairww -8:12 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve rounded the leg. Now I’ll work on the foot. #flairww -8:22 PM May 19th, 2012

JC_McGrath @FlairWoodworks add me to the list, this looks great Chris, can’t wait to it done. Inspiring -8:30 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Awesome! Thanks, Jon! #flairww RT @JC_McGrath: @FlairWoodworks add me to the list, this looks great Chris, can’t wait to it done. Inspiring -8:31 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve rounded over the top of the foot as well as the transition into the leg. #flairww -9:10 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m happy with the foot for now, but I think the central section is too flat. #flairww -9:12 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks One way to quickly (and tidily and quietly) add shape is to carve across the grain with a deep gouge. #flairww -9:18 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My random orbit sander and 40-grit paper quickly evened out the surface. #flairww -9:21 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks At the bottom of the last picture, you can see a section that needs to be faired, right at the base of the intersection. #flairww -9:21 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The centre section is a little more rounded now. #flairww -9:44 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s another picture of this end of the base. #flairww -9:50 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I turned the base around. This side does not look nearly as good without the extra sculpting. #flairww -9:55 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got one side of the foot shaped. #flairww -11:04 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I thought this was a neat picture. The left was sanded with 40-grit, the right side from a spokeshave. #flairww -11:07 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The shaping is done… next comes a lot of sanding to polish the surfaces. #flairww -11:31 PM May 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m done work in the shop for the day. #flairww -11:31 PM May 19th, 2012

Next time in the shop, there will be a lot of sanding!  Bring your dust mask!  Click here to leave a comment.