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Old 01-04-2015, 09:37 PM
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I started this in December and must have it done this week to donate to an auction put on by our Lions Club to benefit our community incubator kitchen. I had to hand plane the then convex top with a Stanley #40 scrub plane, followed by L-N #5 & #8. I used the little L-N Convex Squirrel Tail on the edges. The final planing was with a Scott Meeks Oak Smoother, which was a joy to use!
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:46 PM
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The bottom is the side of the tree with a full length check. I sanded it with my ETS125, so far the only power tool. I added three locally sourced walnut Dutchmen to stabilize and reinforce it. I hand pared them to a faceted pillow profile, making them more attractive if someone passes out in its presence and wakes up under it.
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After the paring.
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I fitted the juniper leg structure and glued it up. Life would be so much easier it trees grew straight & square! Fitting rustic joints take a bit more finesse. .
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:51 PM
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Very nice. I had to Google "dutchmen" to learn more. Not knowing the terminology, I was expecting to see some European gentlemen helping you complete the build ...
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:50 PM
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Looking good, Alex!

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Old 01-05-2015, 11:03 PM
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I took it out of the clamps last night & turned it over. I couldn't believe it! The legs sat squarely on the bench - no rocking, and nearly perfectly level from end-to-end. However, it lists to one side about an inch, so it will either be billed as a raked stage for string puppets, a reading table for coffee table books, or I will have to make adjustments.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:03 PM
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With all the hectic preparations for the Italian Feast we held last night, I barely finished the table yesterday morning. I leveled the top and applied Odie's Oxy Oil finish to the entire table. As I was the co-head chef for the meal, I was so busy with prep that I failed to get a picture of the final project. When I auctioned it off later in the evening, it brought $500! The buyer then donated it back to be sold again and it brought $500 a second time and found a happy home in St. Peter, KS. (Should we petition to have the town renamed to St. Poto? )
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Great result. Wish I could have seen the finished table. Congrats
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