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    Default Dovtailed 2 inch recycled Oregon Bench

    I must be crazy. With limited hand cut dovetail experience I'm going for broke on this one.

    Ah, getting somewhere now (Chrome has just changed appearance so maybe that's to do with it. Will add the progress pics below. I got this Oregon from a mate farmer who had a clearing sale last weekend. The house had been built around 1900, and I scored two old verandah beams (4.5 metres 200x60) plus a few smaller bits.

    They took a lot of cleaning up and removing nails and bog and 120 years of paint layers
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    It's no longer giving me the option Lappa??? Curious. Still whacking away at things trying to get it sorted, including the old reboot, but no good as yet

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    So here's where I'm at so far

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    Planed and jointed to 340 x 50 mm. Bench will be 1 metre long by 450 mm high
    hope they match up OK.jpg

    Dang this stuff is fragile. Painstaking process cutting the dovetails. I opted for raised tails and pins so I can round them over and hopefully hide 'problems.'

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    After cleaning up joinery
    cleaning up joins.jpg

    Dry fit time
    first dry fit 2.jpgfirst dry fit.jpg

    Now to round over the protrusions, and mix some epoxy to fill the holes and cracks in the top

    Question re resin/sap in this stuff.
    resin or sap.jpg

    It's a bugger on the thicknesser (spent 2 hours cleaning the rubber rollers altogether while prepping) and messy to cut and chisel. 120 years old and still sticky, wow! I'm hoping it will stay stable and be OK to cover with poly.

    Has anyone dealt with large pockets of this resin in Oregon?

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    second dry fit.jpgsecond lot of epoxy.jpg

    Second dry fit with chamfered edges on tails and pins. This is the second round of epoxy that has sunk into that old timber too

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    Interesting with the resin still being soft after all those years. I would have expected it to have become hard years ago.
    Your dovetails look pretty good, do you think that a large dovetail is harder or easier than a small one?

    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedro66 View Post
    Interesting with the resin still being soft after all those years. I would have expected it to have become hard years ago.
    Your dovetails look pretty good, do you think that a large dovetail is harder or easier than a small one?

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    Well, I'm pretty much a novice at dovetails, but I think harder in that any misalignment is amplified Keith. I've got a couple of little gaps that will need filling, maybe with a plane shaving.

    And yes, I'm puzzled as to how resin stays sticky all those years. Though I did just look up about amber, which is fossilised tree resin, so maybe if I leave it alone for another thousand or so years......

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    Second coat view of joint.jpgSecond coat.jpg
    Getting there. Took four lots of epoxy in the end, even the tiny cracks just drank it in, but I wanted the top to be resistant to water as it will sit outside.

    Putting a mix of Poly, BLO and Shellite on then will move to thinned Poly for a few more coats.

    Pretty happy with the result considering Oregon is NOT a timber to work things like dovetails in, or indeed make furniture out of too much chipping, too soft. Even misplaced fingernails leave gouges. But when it's what you've got, use it

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    Looks good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mnb View Post
    Looks good
    Thanks Mnb, the missus is happy and that's the main thing

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