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Chestnut oak table top
« on: June 17, 2021, 05:47:42 PM »
Here's a sneak peak at a table top I'm working on after a first coat of Waterlox.  The lumber came from the "leftovers" from some chestnut oaks I had milled a while ago.  I sold off all the primo clear and quartersawn lumber from that whack.  I have several dozen more dead standing chestnut oaks on my property.  I look forward to felling and milling them in the near future.  Much better than using them for firewood. 

 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2021, 10:36:42 AM »
Here's the base with it's first coat of finish.

 

 

 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2021, 10:46:17 AM »
Very nice! Curious, whats the groove around the inside for ? Some way to attach the top ?

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2021, 11:36:02 AM »
Very nice.  I have a coffee table that I made from chestnut oak.

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2021, 01:23:22 PM »
Very nice! Curious, whats the groove around the inside for ? Some way to attach the top ?
That groove is for standard clips made specifically for table tops. They screw to the underside of the top and the other end is offset and goes in the groove. Easy way to accommodate seasonal wood movement in a table top. They are readily available and in pretty wide use.  Z clips

Theres also a figure 8 type clip thats pretty popular but they dont use a groove, just a shallow counterbore with a forstner bit.  
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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2021, 08:03:56 PM »
Thanks for the link.

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2021, 08:26:09 PM »
Very nice work Greyhound!! I like the character imperfect wood gives a piece.
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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2021, 07:41:28 AM »
Beautiful table.  Nice job on the breadboard.  Is it tongue and grooved and pinned?
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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2021, 03:08:20 PM »
Very nice! Curious, whats the groove around the inside for ? Some way to attach the top ?
 

 
As above for clips hold the table top to the base and allow plenty of movement. They are quick, easy and work great.

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2021, 08:18:46 PM »
You can also make wooden "buttons" that work the same as the Z clips.Same idea, holds the table top in place but allows for some wood movement. 
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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2021, 10:22:57 PM »
Do you use Waterlox a lot for your furniture?  I have used it on some smaller pieces.  It  seems pretty easy to use, it does leave a bit of an amber tone it seems on some of the items I've done. 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2021, 09:21:45 PM »
Do you use Waterlox a lot for your furniture?  I have used it on some smaller pieces.  It  seems pretty easy to use, it does leave a bit of an amber tone it seems on some of the items I've done.
Yes, it has a little amber tone.  Looks really good on this oak.  I've used it on a couple table tops before but those were closed grain cherry or maple.  This is my first time using it on oak. It's super waterproof but doesn't have the same "build" as polyurethane... I tried something new (recommended on the waterlox site) and wet sanded the first couple coats to try to fill some of the pores with slurry.  We'll see how it turns out eventually.

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2021, 06:49:46 AM »
Wet sanding when using pure tung oil works great to fill pores and get a glass smooth finish too. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2021, 07:49:11 PM »
Beautiful table.  Nice job on the breadboard.  Is it tongue and grooved and pinned?
Yes it is. 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2021, 07:52:00 PM »
Here's the final product delivered to FIL's place.  Also included a picture of the underside with the clips.

 

 

 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2021, 10:57:33 PM »
Very elegant!  Did the wet sanding help smooth the finish? 

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Re: Chestnut oak table top
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2021, 12:39:41 PM »
Yes.  I wasn't going for a completely flat surface, but it did even out quite a bit.  You can see the difference in the texture of the top and bottom.  No wet sand on bottom.


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