- 16 January 2017 at 9:42 pm #281350kjellharParticipant
So, I spendt the last 2-3 weeks making a table for my mother. It was my first table, and the first time I have used walnut. I am very pleased with the result. It is made to the same pattern as Paul shows in “How to make a table”, only bigger and lower.
On my first real projects, a little over a year ago, I managed break two aluminium sach clamps. My joints needed so much force to close up. On this table I hardly used any force at all on the clamps. Just some moderate pounding with the rubber mallet and some claps for good measures.
A thing that just happened overnight is that I am now able to plane the edge of a board square without really trying. 4 weeks ago I always planed in a twist along the edge. It was square at one end, but out of square at the other. The only difference I am aware of is that I finally managed to relax the hand holding the toe of the plane. Now I can plane the edge, check myself at one point with my square, and be almost certain it is the same all the way.
I sat down and thought about how much I struggled when squaring stock and planing to dimension a year ago, and how easy it seems now. Planing straight edges, ripping along a line, cross cutting to a knife wall. All of which seemed almost impossible only 12-15 months ago. So to all beginners who are struggling, just put in the hours, and it will get better.
You must be logged in to access attached files.17 January 2017 at 12:38 pm #306127Derek LongParticipant
Nice work, Kjell! Walnut is great to work with, and looks great, too.
Denver, Colorado17 January 2017 at 1:30 pm #307487Matt VaughnParticipant
Well done, looks great
Minnesota17 January 2017 at 1:45 pm #307907Jim BraunParticipant
I am sure that you mother was pleased to receive such a nice table. I also agree that when we let the tools do the work and relax then the planning and sawing become more accurate.
Monmouth County, New Jersey17 January 2017 at 4:38 pm #308445Mike IParticipant
That table is gorgeous. Well done!25 November 2017 at 3:37 am #381586Ronald KowalewskiParticipant
Protect the line.26 November 2017 at 10:35 pm #383781kjellharParticipant
Thanks all of you.
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