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    Wink I do do something in the shed other than make a mess and drink beer in my shed

    Some time ago, my daughter moved into a larger place and her mother remarked that she needed a coffee table . . . .

    Thus I was volunteered to make one as I have made one before, had the tools, more importantly had the Redgum Slab of significant size and quality and was asked to do it by MBGitW

    So after the usual amount of procrastination and forethought I finally finished it today . . . with Jess' 21 Birthday tomorrow

    Top is a Redgum slab, with the cracks natural and the sides "rough sawn", as per the customer's wants, frame is Sydney Bluegum legs 100*45*270 with Coachwood and Silky Oak stretchers. The top was first planned using a 50mm planer bit in the little Triton, then sanded with the belt sander/ Triton ROS to 2400. Three coats of Organoil Danish Oil followed by 3 coats of Minwax wipe on poly cut with EEE at the last. I gave the oil a good couple of weeks to soak in the the Wipe on a week to dry between each application. the first two coats were rather heavy to stabilise the cracks and sanded between coats.

    The legs were ran thru the thicky at the woodworkers club and along with the substructure was sanded to 240 only and one coat of Wipe on Poly. It was joined with 3/8 dowel and the silky oak stretchers also were pocket hole joined to resist twisting is the table was mis used as a step or ladder. I did learn a few things, especially the Sydney Bluegum can bend pocket hole screws with ease unless you pre drill

    My thanks goes to Wongo for swapping the slab and the Bluegum "Off cuts" for that pesky Huon slab, Ray for some technical advise and MBGitW for her faith in my of ability.

    I do have other projects on the go so I am not in contravention of the rules. Especially replacing the drawer slides in the set of drawers in the main bench . . . 20 minutes work should take me the next year or so of having a beer, deciding to do it, reaching for the phillips head screwdriver etc
    Pat
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    Pat's got a daughter 21 you deserve a beer

    Now thats a coffee table a wide range of timbers used there Pat

    Darn Wongo for getting that Huon

    Now hope you have ordered the crane to lift it and checked that the substructure of the dwelling can take the weight

    PS: From Sue she loves it also well done

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    Pat, to my untrained eye, that is a beautiful piece of work, and well done for having a daughter who loves you.

    With wheelin, I wondered how you would lift it.

    How many generations will cherish it?

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    T'd be a bastard to bash yer shin on, but v decorative, and looks superb.

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    Very nice, Pat. Looks like it should be able to survive a 21st birthday party or two.

    Congrats,

    Tex

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    Great job Pat! Its a nice slab, and the timber you used for the stretchers and legs are a great match too!

    What are the dimensions?

    There was some waiting time in between the different oil coats. I'll keep that in mind for when I tackle a project like this.

    Cheers,
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    I like the look of the table. What other projects are your scheduled to build for her.

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    What the hell was I thinking?
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    Its always that bit special when its made for your children .

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    looking good Pat,

    I bet you are glad you took the extra pass on the thicknesser now

    Cheers

    Rob
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    Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
    I do do something other than make a mess and drink beer in my shed




    That's what you are meant to do. Been a while since I last had a vitamin of my own in the shed too.

    On topic, nice table. Heavy enough I'd think to hold the weight of several slabs of vitamins.
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    Impressive Pat!!

    But do you have to skite?

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    Pat that is really inspiring mate, really impressive.
    Dave,
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    Table dimensions (from memory) - Slab 700 long, 600 wide tapering to 500 wide, approx 50 thick. Sub stucture Legs 100*45*270 Sydney Blue gum, Coachwood stretchers 25*25*200 and Silky Oak stretchers 50*50*510. joined with 3/8 Dowel and pocket hole screws on the Silky Oak.

    Yes the mix is eclectic, but it was chosen from existing stock in the wood shed. I id not have to purchase any wood and only purchased another tin of wipe on as I had ran out.

    Jess loves the table, especially after some shameless cur told her that it was weeks away from completion . . . only to have it snuck into her place
    Pat
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