New Item Added to Store

I’ve just added a new item to the Store.  Yes, Relationship Study, the trestle table made of Western maple is now for sale and I think I have priced it very fairly.  Let me know if you are interested in acquiring this piece, or any of my other work.

I’ll be both happy and sad to see it go.

Maple Trestle Table Has a Name

The first day I started construction of the table, I needed a name for reference. Logically, I chose Maple Trestle Table. While accurate, I feel that the name is lacking in depth. It is too simple and does not even encourage a pause.

I have named the table Relationship Study.  I created a short video discussing the table and explaining the name.

You can also see the video on my homepage.

Second Picture of Maple Trestle Table, Finished!

Yesterday, I moved Maple Trestle Table out of the shop into a larger room that was transformed into a photo studio.  Today, I took a number of pictures and have begun sorting through them to find the best.

One of my favourite detail shots is of an epoxy resin-filled fissure in the beautifully figured top.  Scroll up to the top of this page to see it in the header.

Do you like this shot as much as I do?

Maple Trestle Table, Session 31 – Finishing 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;
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;
Session 29 – Removing Epoxy, Then Adding More; and
Session 30 – Preparing for Finishing and Starting Some Finishing.

(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 31 of the Maple Trestle Table build!” I shout from the rooftops. #flairww -3:01 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve got the table on its feet and I’m preparing to lay down the first of three coats of General Finish’s Enduro-Var Satin. #flairww -3:03 PM Jul 17th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks method of application? -3:10 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @BCcraftmaster I’ll use a rag to wipe on the final 3 coats. There are already 2 heavily brushed on coats of General Exterior 450 urethane containing UV inhibitors. #flairww -3:17 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve gone over the top surface with 320-grit paper to level the last brushed coat. Now I’ll hand-sand the edges. #flairww -3:20 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks When I brushed on the first two coats, I was more concerned about coverage than runs. #flairww -3:25 PM Jul 17th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks whoop whoop whoop!!!!! #flairww -3:25 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I need to make sure that I remove all the runs before I start finishing. My right hand is sanding, my left is feeling for bumps. #flairww -3:25 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood Isn’t it exciting? I can’t wait to get some pictures of the finished table to share with everyone! #flairww -3:26 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I vacuumed the surface thoroughly. Now I’m ready to continue finishing. #flairww -3:50 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The first coat of Enduro-Var has been ragged on very thinly. It’s already dry to the touch. #flairww-3:59 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll apply another coat in one hour.#flairww -3:59 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I just applied another thin, wiped-on coat of finish. It’s quick and easy once you find the rhythm. Hint: don’t use too much finish. #flairww -5:14 PM Jul 17th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks @tumblewood we are waiting with baited breath #flairww -5:27 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Time for another, and possibly last, coat of finish! #flairww -6:14 PM Jul 17th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks Must feel very good! -6:15 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks While applying the finish, I noticed what looks like a dried drop of finish. #flairww -6:21 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll come back in an hour and level it, then apply one more coat. #flairww -6:21 PM Jul 17th, 2012

LaMacchiaDesign @FlairWoodworks how did wiping enduro var go? I’ve only brushed on. -6:30 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @LaMacchiaDesign It started to go very well once I figured out how much finish to have on the rag. Too much and it leaves a wet trail. #flairww -6:31 PM Jul 17th, 2012

LaMacchiaDesign @FlairWoodworks how light of a coat did you do? I realize that might be hard to reference. – 6:35 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @LaMacchiaDesign Light enough that it was dry to the touch perhaps 10 seconds later. Does that help? #flairww -6:36 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @LaMacchiaDesign The right amount of finish doesn’t make things slippery, but there is only a little drag. #flairww -6:40 PM Jul 17th, 2012

LaMacchiaDesign @FlairWoodworks yes. I’ve used it enough to have some insight on that. I’m going to try it one of these days. Are you happy w/ how it went? – 6:40 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @LaMacchiaDesign I am very happy with how the finishing process went. #flairww -6:41 PM Jul 17th, 2012

Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks do you wipe it on with a tampon, rag, sponge or brush? -10:33 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Warped_Boards I use a cotton rag carefully bundled up so that no wrinkles contact the workpiece. #flairww -10:35 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Warped_Boards It’s similar to a French-polishing pad, except all cotton. #flairww -10:36 PM Jul 17th, 2012

Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks cool, I’m going to try that. I’ve been annoyed by using a sponge brush- it applies too much finish that then sags -10:40 PM Jul 17th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Warped_Boards Nothing worse than sags. I did use foam brushes to apply the first two coats to build the finish, then sanded back. #flairww -10:41 PM Jul 17th, 2012

Now, I will wait for the finish to cure to the point that when I sand it, dust is produced and the finish doesn’t produce “corns”, clogging the abrasive paper.  In Session 32, I’ll smooth the finish and give the table a final inspection.

You can leave a comment now, or wait to see pictures of the completed table.  (That feels so good to write!)

Maple Trestle Table, Session 29 – Removing Epoxy, Then Adding More

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; and
Session 28 – Filling the Voids.

(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 After a couple hours scraping epoxy (spread out in 10-minute sessions) the epoxy is levelled. #flairww -11:04 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The dark, shiny areas indicate low spots so I’ll mix up a bit more epoxy to fill them. #flairww -11:05 AM Jun 24th, 2012

roncbailey FlairWoodworks did you tint the epoxy? -11:15 AM Jun 24th, 201

FlairWoodworks No. The epoxy is clear. #flairww RT @roncbailey: @FlairWoodworks did you tint the epoxy? -11:15 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks These air bubbles did not escape before the epoxy cured so I’m using a chisel to break them open. #flairww -11:17 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks There were lots of pin holes to fill. Now I’ll go do something else for the day while the epoxy sets. #flairww -11:47 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Even though I only needed a little epoxy, I dispensed a full pump of epoxy resin and hardener. #flairww -11:49 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The West System pumps accurately dispense the right amount of each part to ensure the ratio is right and the epoxy cures properly. #flairww -11:50 AM Jun 24th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks Always do a full pump of each otherwise it won’t go off! I use West Epoxy a lot! #flairww -11:51 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @luggermatt Do you use the Slow Cure stuff? How big of a batch are you comfortable mixing at a time? #flairww -11:52 AM Jun 24th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks I use either depending on what’s being glued. The most I mix at a time is 10-15 pumps of each. Then work FAST!!! sooner do two mixes than have it start to cure in the pot! Bonding the cabin sides was stressfull! 3 loose tennons 16 ft long. all had to be glued at the same time as they have threaded rods through them too! -11:56 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @luggermatt I hope you had help! -11:56 AM Jun 24th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks One mate! Anymore people and you’d end up falling over each other! The second side was a MUCH smoother process. Both OK tho! -11:57 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @luggermatt Glad to hear it! -11:58 AM Jun 24th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks A beer was well earned that afternoon! -11:59 AM Jun 24th, 2012

FlairWoodworks No kidding! RT @luggermatt: @FlairWoodworks A beer was well earned that afternoon!-12:02 PM Jun 24th, 2012

After the epoxy dried, I flipped the top to fill the voids on the bottom surface.

FlairWoodworks I’ve turned the top over to work on the bottom. The biggest voids were filled from the top. #flairww -6:15 PM Jun 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve applied epoxy to the underside of the table. Now I must wait. #flairww -7:07 PM Jun 25th, 2012

Again, I let the epoxy harden before scraping it back and applying more where necessary.  It is much easier to scrape when not fully cured.

FlairWoodworks I’m back in the shop scraping epoxy again. It isn’t fully hardened, so it’s easier to scrape. #flairww -7:27 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Some of the voids require more filling so I’ll vacuum the surface and prepare some more epoxy. #flairww -7:49 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m going to use 5-minute epoxy for the smaller voids and voids along the edges. #flairww -8:07 PM Jun 26th, 2012

BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks how much epoxy have you used? -8:12 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m not sure. I’ll weigh the can when I’m done. #flairww RT @BCcraftmaster @FlairWoodworks how much epoxy have you used? -8:16 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks 5-minute epoxy sure sets fast when you’re used to working with Slow-Cure epoxy! #flairww -8:16 PM Jun 26th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks wow! 5 minutes as opposed to your 500 minute? #flairww -8:30 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The thicker 5-minute epoxy doesn’t run very much and was perfect for the edges. #flairww -8:35 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’s it for today! #flairww -8:36 PM Jun 26th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks was this a full number session or just a .5? #flairww -8:41 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DozersWorkshop This was just a short session – scrape epoxy, apply more, then wait. #flairww -8:41 PM Jun 26th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks so we’ll just go with a .3 then #flairww -8:47 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Can we make it 0.33333 repeat? #flairww -8:47 PM Jun 26th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m scraping epoxy again. #flairww -9:27 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Epoxy can be applied to bartops for that thick, tough, glossy finish. That’s not how I’m using epoxy though. #flairww -9:41 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I am scraping all the epoxy from the surface so it remains only in the voids. #flairww -9:41 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Epoxy shavings are white. I scrape until i start removing wood, indicating that the epoxy is flush. #flairww -9:46 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks A sharp scraper is very effective at removing epoxy. A dull scraper is not. I remember to stop and sharpen when required. #flairww -9:48 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I may create a low spot along the edge if I use the scraper in the conventional manner so I am using it laying flat. #flairww -10:13 PM Jun 28th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve scraped and sanded the underside of the table. I’ve also scraped the edges but they still need sanding. #flairww -12:32 AM Jun 29th, 2012

Once all the voids are filled, I need to scrape back the epoxy.  Then, a final sanding and inspection is all that remains before finishing!  Care and patience at this stage will make the finishing stage easy.  Read Session 30.

You may leave a comment here.

Maple Trestle Table, Session 28 – Filling in the Voids

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; and
Session 27 – Flattening the Top and Completing the 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 I’m off to explore finish options for the Maple Trestle Table. Suggestions are welcome! #flairww -12:11 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s the yield from my shopping trip today. I won’t be using all the finishing products. #flairww -4:24 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Does anybody have any experience with any of these products? #flairww -4:25 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is my first time using West Systems epoxy so I’ll start with a small batch to fill small voids in the tabletop. #flairww -4:45 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Three pumps each of epoxy resin and hardener was enough to fill most of the shallow voids. #flairww -5:25 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This large void, which I reinforced with a dovetail key, will require multiple layers of epoxy. #flairww -5:28 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I forgot to buy paper cups for mixing epoxy so I’ll run out and get more. Then I’ll prepare some samples to test finishes. #flairww -5:29 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m back from the store.  The best containers were the paper soup bowls not for sale.  They let me take two.  flairww – 5:57 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy is thin so I need to seal the sides and bottom.  For irregular shapes, I’ve been using duct tape. flairww 6:03 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I also let the mixed epoxy sit in the mixing container for a while to thicken a little. #flairww -6:04 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thanks to @TheWoodBug for tips on using West System epoxy! #flairww -6:04 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll use these two offcuts from the table top to test finishes. #flairww -6:07 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy I mixed has been sitting for about 15 minutes and has thickened a little. I’m going to apply it now. #flairww -6:17 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Epoxy does not go far when it’s being used to fill large voids so I’m mixing more. #flairww -6:20 PM Jun 18th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks Stick with it! #flairww -6:25 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I expect the epoxy to reach the gel stage (semi-cured) in 90-120 minutes. #flairww -6:53 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is the first time that I have worked with West Systems epoxy. I’m using the 105 Resin and 206 Hardener. #flairww-6:53 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Dinner time! #flairww -6:55 PM Jun 18th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks so the difference between them is Epoxy 101? #flairww -7:32 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DozersWorkshop They’re just product names. -7:38 PM Jun 18th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks sry, bad attempt at a learning/school joke since you are basically in an introductory for West Systems

Tumblewood @DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks I TOTALLY got that joke!!

DozersWorkshop @Tumblewood @flairwoodworks thanks for humoring me, Vic!

FlairWoodworks Ah! I get it now! RT @Tumblewood: @DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks I TOTALLY got that joke!!

Tumblewood @DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks But, I notice Jonathan is usually the only one that gets my very immature and basic humor.

FlairWoodworks I’m back in the shop listening to the banter of @Tumblewood and @DozersWorkshop. The epoxy hasn’t reached gel state but it’s close. #flairww -7:56 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks If I hadn’t swept the shop, I wouldn’t have to worry about epoxy dripping on the floor. Oh well. #flairww -8:06 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here is one piece of maple for finishing samples. #flairww -8:08 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks If you work with slow-cure epoxy, be organized. I’m getting traces of it everywhere, including my keyboarddddddddddd. #flairww -8:11 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks walk away and let it cure. I knelt in it the last time. Perma patch on my jeans. -8:12 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m preparing the sample the same way as the actual table top. This is important for best results. #flairww -8:30 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This very cool piece of wood has been sanded to 320-grit. Now for some finishing! #flairww -8:46 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve used masking tape to divide the sample boards and letter stamps to indicate the finish to be used. The V stands for Varathane. #flairww -8:55 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks All I want to do is apply a little finish to the sample but first, it’s stirring, and lots of it. #flairww -9:01 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This Oil-Modified, Water Based finish doesn’t look milky white like most water based finishes do. #flairww -9:09 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Here’s the sample piece with three finishes applied. They look glossy because they are still wet. #flairww -9:24 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks These are the three finishes I used. Can you guess which was used on each section of the sample board? #flairww -9:26 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy has reached the gel stage and is still tacky, so it’s time to apply more. #flairww -9:29 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks Hard to tell. Not a high res photo. #flairww -9:33 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood Yeah, I suppose so. The one on the right is definitely a water-based though – you can tell by the lack of ambering. #flairww -9:35 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Tumblewood @FlairWoodworks have you thought about using Waterlox? -9:54 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks I like the sample closest to the camera. I feel it brings out the richness of the grain. -10:02 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Nope. I’ll have to see if it’s available locally. #flairww RT @Tumblewood: @FlairWoodworks have you thought about using Waterlox? -10:07 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Me too! #flairww RT @Warped_Boards: @FlairWoodworks I like the sample closest to the camera. I feel it brings out the richness of the grain. -10:08 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood Ha! The site of the nearest supplier of Waterlox is http://www.bloomsfloorswithFLAIR.com/ #flairww -10:16 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood They are about 7 hours away from me (driving). #flairww -10:17 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve finished applying the second coat of epoxy. #flairww -10:20 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks My bench is a mess. #flairww-10:20 PM Jun 18th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks YAY! Someone’s bench is worse than mine!#goodtoknow ;-) -10:22 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Um… thanks. #flairww RT @luggermatt: @FlairWoodworks YAY! Someone’s bench is worse than mine! #goodtoknow ;-) -10:22 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks Ha! Is there a bench under there? -10:22 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll let you know in half an hour. How’s that? #flairww RT @Warped_Boards: @FlairWoodworks Ha! Is there a bench under there? -10:22 PM Jun 18th, 2012

luggermatt @Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks I was just glad to see it’s not all neat and tidy! ;-0 hehe -10:22 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Epoxy is seemingly everywhere. I think I’ll buy the fast-setting stuff next time. #flairww -10:31 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood It’s okay, Vic – you can open your eyes again. #flairww -11:03 PM Jun 18th, 2012

luggermatt @FlairWoodworks @Tumblewood You should see the pile just out of camera shot! ;-) -11:04 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Warped_Boards @FlairWoodworks it’s like it never happened- just a bad dream was all -11:06 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Gsharptools @FlairWoodworks Good morning . I hope you are not starting a competition !! #flairww -11:26 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @Gsharptools It was not my intent to start a competition, but you may share a picture of your messy bench if you like. #flairww -11:27 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cleaned up my bench and lost my strop. #flairww-11:31 PM Jun 18th, 2012

Gsharptools @FlairWoodworks I feel embarrassed & shy now, but I do think yours must be right up front. It’s my complete workshop I’m ashamed of #flairww -11:32 PM Jun 18th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Mixing more epoxy…#flairww -12:08 AM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The voids will require one more layer of epoxy to fill them. I can’t wait to level the epoxy.#flairww -12:36 AM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I might come back down to the shop in a couple hours to apply the final coat of epoxy to this side. I think I’ll go make dinner. #flairww -12:41 AM Jun 19th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks @luggermatt don’t feel too bad, mine is still messier. #flairww -2:46 AM Jun 19th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks ran out of your two paperbowls? -2:49 AM Jun 19th, 2012

RichtheCarpenter Lol sticky fingers @FlairWoodworks -4:16 AM Jun

FlairWoodworks Yeah, they were for customers who buy hot soup. The cashier let me take two. #flairww RT @DozersWorkshop: ran out of your two paperbowls? -12:21 PM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks @DozersWorkshop And the slow-cure epoxy was still tacky so I didn’t want to mix new stuff in the bowls. #flairww-12:22 PM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’m mixing more epoxy. I start the timer when I begin mixing. #flairww -1:18 PM Jun 19th, 2012

DozersWorkshop @FlairWoodworks 11 hours and counting… tick………tock…….. #flairww -1:39 PM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve applied the next layer of epoxy and begun scraping the dried areas flat. #flairww -1:45 PM Jun 19th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The epoxy isn’t fully cured and as a result isn’t scraping cleanly so I’ll stop here for the day. #flairww -1:47 PM Jun 19th, 2012

Next time:  more work with epoxy.  Yay!

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 26 – Installing the 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;
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; and
Session 25 – Completing the Bottom 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 I don’t have much time to work today, but I want to finish the work on the table’s underside. #flairww -2:38 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I bored holes in the underside of the battens for T-nuts. #flairww -2:41 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I bored a 7/16″ clearance hole and 3/32″ holes for the four prongs. #flairww -2:43 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I need to buy two 1″ x 7/16″ bolts to fasten the base to the top. #flairww -2:57 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then I’ll trim the mounting strips flush to the surface of the battens. #flairww -2:57 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Last picture of the day! #flairww -3:07 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I know you’re as anxious as I to see the table on its feet. With a little Photoshopping, I got this. (Thanks to my friend Mike for lending me his sky hook!) #flairww -4:11 PM Jun 7th, 2012

GenWoodworks @FlairWoodworks looks great! -3:14 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thank you! #flairww RT @GenWoodworks:@FlairWoodworks looks great! -4:13 PM Jun 7th, 2012

LaMacchiaDesign @FlairWoodworks when’s the big flip coming? -4:02 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’ll happen in the next session, Session 27! #flairww RT @LaMacchiaDesign: @FlairWoodworks when’s the big flip coming? -4:13 PM Jun 7th, 2012

DyamiPlotke I love it! -6:09 PM Jun 7th, 2012

In the next session, the top will be flipped and I will start work on the top side, including reflattening it and profiling the top edge.  I’ll bet that you can’t wait!

Share what you think of this project so far in the comments section.

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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