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Offline Sparktrician

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First attempt at making furniture...
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:03 PM »
I've spent the bulk of my time in the woodworking arena doing construction, making repairs, installing cabinetry and doing handyman work, and in managing the production at a semi-custom closet renovating firm, but never have attempted to build furniture.  I needed a coffee table for the family room and didn't see anything that blew my kilt up.  Attending the Farm Table class in July propelled me into making the decision to make my own.  I had an idea in mind, influenced by the Craftsman period, but not necessarily adhering to the precepts in full.  The leg design changed during the build-up.  My original idea sounded good, so I decided to make a mock-up using cheap MDF.  I'm glad I did, because it didn't look as well as it looked in my mind.  The table is made entirely of cherry, with no mechanical fasteners whatsoever, just dominoes.  The top came from a 5/4 plank.  The legs, top brackets and bases came from a 9/4 left-over I found at my hardwood supplier.  The stretchers are from 7/8 planks.  Festools used include the TS 55, OF 1010, OF 1400, OF 2200, CMS-GE, DF 500, ETS 125, RO 125, RO 90, and several abrasives (Granat, Brilliant and Platin).  The finish started with one coat of cherry Danish oil, but it was way too orange, so the second coat was the natural variant which added an amber tone that muted the orange of the first coat.  Then came three coats of wipe-on satin polyurethane followed by a buff-out with Platin S2000.  The good news is that it fits perfectly as intended and looks right in the room where it's being used. 

« Last Edit: September 03, 2013, 08:05 AM by Sparktrician »
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Offline Motown

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 07:11 PM »
First time? Wow, that is outstanding! I really like how you used the Domino's to attach the table top......did you use them for all of the joinery? Also, this might be a rookie question but I am curious about how you lined up the Domino's. I about to use my Domino for the first time and would greatly appreciate any insight. Again, great job.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 07:23 PM »
Thank you!  The top attachment was easier than I had anticipated.  I knew the distance between the top brackets, and the distance between the centers of the dominoes on each of the top brackets.  The centerline of the domino machine is another known, with a clear reference visible on each side.  I drew centering lines on the underside of the top to locate the brackets, then used clamp-on straightedges set back 10mm from the domino line to locate the domino machine precisely.  It sound complicated, but it's really quite easy.  I was pleasantly surprised when everything lined up perfectly.  I did have one (recoverable) boo-boo.  I'd used 6mm dominoes to set in the stretchers and 8mm dominoes to join the top to the brackets and all the components of the legs.  I forgot to change the bit from 6mm to 8mm when making the mortises in the underside of the top.  That was an easy fix. 

- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 07:31 PM »
Nice job sparky.

Tom

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 07:48 PM »
Thanks, Tom. 

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 08:02 PM »
Looks great! Nice color.
Some nice clean chamfer cuts on that top.
Tim

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 08:30 PM »
Looks great! Nice color.
Some nice clean chamfer cuts on that top.
Tim

Thanks, Tim.  It helps to have good, sharp router bits. 

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline ScotF

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 08:51 PM »
That is a beautiful piece!!  I do not believe you that it was your first attempt...looks like you have been doing this kind of thing for years!!  Awesome job.

Scot

Offline Hoj

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2013, 08:56 PM »
That's beautiful Spark.  Impressive first attempt.  I like the asymetrical chamfers on the top - nice touch.  I must say, it looks rather bomb proof (in a good way).

Offline Hoj

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2013, 09:01 PM »
Also, impressive clamping cauls!

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 09:06 PM »
That is a beautiful piece!!  I do not believe you that it was your first attempt...looks like you have been doing this kind of thing for years!!  Awesome job.

Scot

Thanks, Scot.  Much appreciated.

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2013, 09:07 PM »
Also, impressive clamping cauls!


Heh, heh, heh!!!  Those are the rails and beams from my flattening sled.  They just happen to have filled the need for the purpose.  And Thanks! 

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2013, 09:16 PM »
Beautiful table!  Keep working on the hobby!  You'll understand what I mean.

Peter

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2013, 09:35 PM »
Beautiful table!  Keep working on the hobby!  You'll understand what I mean.

Peter

Thanks, Peter.  BTW, have you ever run into Hal Taylor?  He's about halfway between us, just a shade west of Fredericksburg.  A friend in Vancouver (WA) told me about a Canadian fellow, Paul Lemiski, that makes chairs like Hal Taylor makes, and I found Hal's site as a reference link on Paul's site. 

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« Last Edit: September 02, 2013, 09:40 PM by Sparktrician »
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2013, 09:40 PM »
Wow!  What beautiful chairs!  Haven't crossed paths - i am like you professionally and am working on the side stuff.  Plus as far as the world knows I only exist on the FOG and the internet!   [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2013, 09:53 PM »
Well, you're not quite that anonymous.  I met a fellow at Capitol Building Supply's Grand Opening of their Festool Uber Shop in Beltsville, MD, yesterday that asked me if I knew you.  BTW, CBSI is hosting Allen Kensley for the Festool Road Show on November 7th, 0900-1500.  Brian Graham has done a great job in setting up the Uber Shop as part of CBSI.  The place is a booger to find, but the GPS came in handy. 

« Last Edit: September 03, 2013, 08:02 AM by Sparktrician »
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2013, 11:42 PM »
Hey Sparky - that is one sweet table!  I think we have a budding furniture maker here!  Sure looks better than my first piece!

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2013, 07:37 AM »
Thanks, Jesse. 

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline leakyroof

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2013, 08:49 AM »
Really nice work.   [eek] [eek]  Much better than my first piece, my 2nd one, and the next one... [wink]
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Offline zanemag

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2013, 08:51 AM »
Amazing Willie!  What a beautiful table.  I'm so proud of for you.  Hurry back soon!
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: First attempt at making furniture...
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2013, 09:45 AM »
Thanks, guys. 

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- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)