Published at Friday, November 23rd 2018. by Stefanie Meyer in End Table.
I bought this white oak back in the spring from a small lumber mill out in the country, and it's been sitting in my garage ever since I brought it inside a few weeks ago to acclimate to my shop as I plan to use it on my next Project what I'm building today is a tall, narrow side table or maybe you'd call it a console table or an entry table or a hall table or something else, in any case, is a sort of a mission-style table. Here's a look at the plans and I agreed to make this for a charity. Auction 32 inches long 36, inches tall 10 inches wide, there's a lower shelf and they're square spindles at the ends. Now the lumber was air dried. So I checked the moisture content with this moisture meter before going too far along. I checked it in several spots and it was about 8 %, which is fine.
I first worked on making the top on the lower shelf as those pieces need to be glued up. So here I'm chopping some pieces down to size. Now the boards were a little bit cupped across the width, so I first ripped them in half on the bandsaw before I joined it and playing them to thickness. You know we tend to minimize it in our videos, but you really spend a lot of time, feeding wood into and out of a planer when you're, making a big project. And here I'm cleaning up the sides on the plane pieces so that I can get ready for gluing them together. I picked out three pieces that I thought looked really well together and I here I'm getting them set to be glued together for the top. Now sometimes I like to use dowels to help with alignment other people like to use biscuits, but this time I just use glue and I use some calls to keep everything lined up and cleaning off some of the excess glue before it sets up too hard And then the lower shelf was put together just the same way and then, of course, they were set aside to dry for a few hours, and then I could take them out and clean off any remaining little bits of glue there. And then I ran the whole thing through the planer. Just a couple of light passes to bring it down to a final thickness. So with the top and the shelf done. It was time to move on to the legs and the spindles, and it's a lot.
The same you start with your rough stock and you plane it and joint it in all that now in these pieces, I had to deal with a few small knots that were a little bit lost, and so I mixed up some five-minute epoxy, as you can see Here and then I dab that into the knots to harden that up and make sure they wouldn't be coming out now. This is only four small knots that are in less visible places. I generally tend to get rid of kind of cut around any big pieces that have knots and then yeah. Here's a big stack of wood and there's a lot of jointing and planning ahead, I could move on to the joinery I'm using dowel joinery mostly, and I started with attaching the top and bottom cross pieces to the side legs. I had all the pieces laid out as they were going to go together so that I could not mix any of this up. The dowels are going into the face of the of the legs instead of the edges, which is a little bit unusual. So I really wanted to make sure I didn't mess it up, and yet here I'm chamfering the bottoms of the legs before I move on to putting these together.
Now I want to get back to the issue and knots for a moment. I had this one knot which you see right here in the middle of one of the long rails and at first, I thought it would look okay, and then I tried hiding it by cutting around the plug to replace the knot. But in the end, I decided it was just too ugly and had to go with the table like this. You can't be certain that it's going to be placed along a wall, so I need both the front and the back had to look equally nice. Fortunately, I still had some more white oak, so it was back to cutting and joining and planning and well. You know that routine by now, so the spindles there are three spindles on each side and I wanted them to sort of fit around the top and bottom rail. So here I'm cutting a notch on the top and the bottom of each spindle so that they will sit in and you can see here, I'm fitting them into place, test-fitting them into place. I should say now: the spindles are going to be screwed into place and I don't have any black screws, but you know I can fix that and then it was time to do a lot of sanding before assembly, and this is probably another good spot to hit. The fast-forward button - these are some metal table Clips which I'm going to use to attach the top, and therefore I need to cut a dado in the long rails, I'm using dowels to attach the long rails to the leg assemblies.
There are no lower rails. The bottom shelf serves as the structural support for connecting the leg assemblies at the bottom and, and there just seemed to make more sense to use pocket holes for attaching the shelf to either end Diezel. These are way at the bottom of the of the unit and I'll never be seen so with four holes at the end of each rail and two rails. That's eight dowels at either end 16 dollars total. That's a lot of gluing and tiny little quarter-inch holes. All at once, so things get a little bit hectic, but it works out and with the top rails in place, then I can put the shelf in place. It gets upside down here. So this is the bottom and then they're being attached with some pocket hole. Screws. Now, for the finish, I wanted something a bit different. I tried a few test pieces and settled on using an ebony stain. Yes, I'm talking black, it's a bit startling at first, but once you wipe it on and wipe off the excess. A lot of the black color settles into the grain lines and, what's the finish is on it becomes a rich dark brown with black overtones that, I think, looks pretty cool and, speaking of the finish, we're at that point now I brushed on three or four coats Of polyurethane water-based, with a light sanding in between and yeah sanding between, the spindles is yeah. That's a bit of a pain, the top had a few more coats for extra protection and once it had dried for a few days, I buffed some paste furniture wax onto both shelves, which added some more protection and a lot of shine. And so it's just a matter of attaching the top to the base. I put the top upside down on a cloth to protect it from scratches, and then I could flip the base upside down and then I use those table clips to attach the top to the base and that's about it for this project.
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