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Those 70's Tables

A friend of mine saw these tables at his buddies place and asked if I could make him a set.

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I first milled some cherry, glued it and then cut the 60 degree triangles.

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Next I cut some walnut for the borders and attached it to the triangles. I used biscuits just to help reinforce the long grain to end grain feature. Clamping had to be done by wedges...clamps don't hold 60 degree corners very well.

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Next it was time to turn the legs. I made a simple template that had cut-outs for the tenon, top, middle and bottom diameters as well as a notch to indicate the middle point. Just parted down to the diameters and blended from point to point for a nice even taper.

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Next was cutting the final shape of the tops. I cut a template in 1/4" MDF. I was going to use a flush cut router bit but ended up getting some tear out. So I cut them at the bandsaw and finished them at the oscillating belt sander.

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Next I layed out the legs, drilled the mortise and dry fit everything.

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Clamped them up.

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Sanded to 220, applied 2 coats of blonde shellac, sanded with 320, sprayed with 5 coats of semi gloss lacquer, wet sanded to 1200 grit with paraffin oil lube and finished with a nice buffing of Renaissance wax.

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Thanks for looking and enjoy.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice job on duplicating your friends request.
Well done!!!! Steve

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Very nicely done. Good call on cutting at the band saw rather than a router.

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Here's how I layed out the curve.

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And the template.

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All the joinery of the stock was done by hand including flattening the first face. Did use a planer to ensure even thickness.

The center panels are 17" on edge. The walnut is 2.25" at the widest point. Total 16.5" tall.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice work...looks good. I remember that look.







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Awesome Job.....they look great!

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Better than the originals!
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Gideon, they were fun to make. Challenging "clamping" the border. I delivered them today and already have 3 new potential commissions. ;-)

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I really like those!
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Now I want to make a set!!!
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Gorgeous tables! Cool design, attractive wood combo and love those pretty grains on the tops and you made 4 of them. Awesome work!
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can you tell me about the bow you used for the layout?
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It's called a fairing stick. Very simple to make. Just a thin strip of hardwood, a small piece for the toggle and some string. Tie the string to one end of the stick, thread through 2 holes in toggle, thread through opposite end of stick and tie back to toggle. You can make these any size you need to get whatever size curve you need. Here's a pic of the threaded toggle. Let me know if this doesn't make sense.

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I love the wood combination on the top; well finished. Great sanding and cutting the top;it's a very neat job.
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It's called a fairing stick. Very simple to make. Just a thin strip of hardwood, a small piece for the toggle and some string. Tie the string to one end of the stick, thread through 2 holes in toggle, thread through opposite end of stick and tie back to toggle. You can make these any size you need to get whatever size curve you need. Here's a pic of the threaded toggle. Let me know if this doesn't make sense.

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Thanks much!!!
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