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    Riley Lennon
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    Well I finally finished my oak end table. This is my first “proper” piece of furniture and I couldnt be happier. I learned a great deal as I worked through numerous issues along the way. A big thanks to Paul and his team

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    #310027
    entitydigital
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    Looks like you’ve done a fantastic job, really nice work!

    Would you mind elaborating on some of the numerous issues? It’s always good to hear about how others have overcome problems.

    Rob

    #310029
    Riley Lennon
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    Fair enough. I will share some of the lessons I learned.

    1.) Don’t laminate legs from thinner stock unless you absolutely have to. The boards I had to choose from were almost impossible to match. Th legs didn’t end up looking too great because of the grain mismatch. I remember Paul saying something to the effect that when one laminates legs, “it ends up looking like you didnt care”. In my case he was right. Next time I will buy 8/4 stock. One of my glue lines also ended up showing a gap several days after glue up. (See lesson two)

    2.) Let your stock acclimate for as long as you can possibly stand it. I waited two weeks. I figured two weeks in Arizona heat and single digit humidity would do. I was wrong. After the legs were glued up and shaped; vertical checks opened up on one of the legs parallel to the laminate glue line and on the glue line itself. Luckily I was able to fill the defect with superglue and it turned out looking half way decent. Speaking of defects – see lesson three

    3.) Your plane can never be sharp enough or set well enough. I cant count how many times I was planing and hearing the sweet “swish, swish” of a plane working properly…but on the next pass there was that terrible sound as the plane stopped dead in its track..leaving a grand canyon size divot in the middle of your freshly laminated table top.I definitely need work on plane setup and technique; and I will definitely be more picky about the boards I purchase. Beautiful, swirling grain is not a novice woodworkers friend.

    4.) Last lesson. Joint freeze is real. And it sucks. It struck me on the second joint during glue up. I was not ready for it. The joint in question was very tight. Too tight it turns out. I actually broke a clamp trying to squeeze it together. When that failed I blindly beat the hell out of the joint with my chisel hammer and a block until it submitted.

    So overall it was was a nightmare..I cant wait to do it again.

    #310030
    Riley Lennon
    Member

    ohh yeah. I forgot about brass wood screws. Cheap, brass wood screws. I went through them like a kid eating his Halloween candy. Even with pilot holes, I was able to snap the shafts in half. Then I would have to dig the remnants out of the turnbuttons and table top. I think I will stay away from brass in the future 🙂

    Cheers,

    Riley

    #310033

    Tip on brass screws. Because of the common problem you describe, I will do a pilot hole as usual then screw in a steel screw of the same size and this will cut the threads and size the hole. Then screw in the brass screw after that. Also, put a little wax on the screw as well…

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    #310120
    Mike I
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    Good work Riley! The table looks great!

    … Also, off topic I know, but just as important; It’s good to the see the car outside on the driveway where it belongs. Garages are for woodwork only!

    #310125
    Riley Lennon
    Member

    Thanks for the like Mike and Rob! My “workshop” has quickly relegated both cars to the driveway. Luckily I have a supportive spouse. We will see what she thinks when its 115 degrees outside. I might have to put some wheels on the bench to move it out of the way.

    And thanks for the tip on brass screws Brett. I actually did go to furniture was on the threads of the screws, and it worked very well.

    Best Regards,
    Riley

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