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    2 small tables-end grain lamp/end table, small storage coffee table

    Im working on both at once.
    Coffee table-birch top, walnut breadboard ends, walnut legs, rails, stiles, and I want to use ash raised panels for doors and walls. Dont know how to make raised panels, dont own a bit for it, but I figured its time to get one and give it a shot.
    Top is glued up, bowed a bit, made some things difficult, but Ill post after I figure out the breadboard ends, alot tougher than I imagined. Alot tougher.

    End grain table-20x20 by 18 inches high. Holds a lamp, and a telephone, sits in between a sofa and chair.
    Used alot of different woods, some Im not sure what they even were.(must be assorted soft maples)
    going to finish the top with tung oil mix.
    Legs are 2x2 by 16.5 inch maple. Legs were made with small taper on 2 sides. I used a jig I once made, simple, just had to readjust it.
    Im so concerned about hands, I ran part of a clamp through the blade, good thing it wasnt metal.
    Apron is some kind of maple, I put a pic up, the one where the legs are laying on top of it. Not 100% sure what it is, just looked nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    Apron is some kind of maple, I put a pic up, the one where the legs are laying on top of it. Not 100% sure what it is, just looked nice.
    Thats curlie maple my friend, you need to use that for a top, or somewhere it can be seen. That is some nice curlie to boot next to that looking good Allen

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    I really think I have to take a good look through my wood pile.

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    i would say so allen yu been holding out on us that wood supplier yu got is doing yu well
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    I didnt get to the breadboard ends today, sorry. Bad morning. Wasnt feeling well, made a mess on the tablesaw, felt better, but I decided to sand down the end grain table top. 3 hours, even broke out the 40 year old sunbeam, cause no matter what I used, including hand block and 60 grit, I could not get marks out of the same type of wood. I believe its very old white oak, and all I did was make slight valleys trying to sand out the spots. I didnt put any finish on it, just some mineral spirits to show the marks. Im open for any suggestions, sanding doesnt seem to take them out, it goes deep into the wood. Any other burn marks came out instantly with the orbital and 80 grit discs.

    rounded over the edges of the legs, used Kreg pocket system, quick, simple, done, waiting for finish, or first gotta figure out how to get rid of marks.

    My first cut to trim the end grain top to size, was a disaster, I cut it straight, but not square. So then I had to square it all up, and its evident from end grains blocks on top, one end is smaller, but its all squared up. My wife didnt notice it. I had to show her. she wants the coffee table the same top, she loves the look. Told her I cant do it, I have to play with breadboards.

    btw, I flipped each piece over when I cut the final strips the same way, so the pattern was consistent and repeating.

    I used all that ugly wood for the aprons, I had cut it up, didnt want to use it as kindling in my neighbors fireplace next winter.

    the marks on the end grain, are almost identical, is it possible the wood had some kind of dark stain running through it?
    It doesnt sand out, no way, no nothing.
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    2 small tables-end grain lamp/end table, small storage coffee table

    Allen,

    Looks real good to me. I think the dark areas in those pieces are just stain in the grain. Not to worry. It is a good looking table.

    (Yeah, and that "ugly" wood looks good hidden down on the sides too.)

    Good job.

    I gotta try that someday.

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    My wife loved it, complimented me on it, a very rewarding thing, no matter how small a piece or simple.

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    OK so you used that ugly wood for the aprons well at least you left them large and close to te edge so they can at least be seen Hey the table is really lookin quite good Allen, nice job

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    thanks tom, I always appreciate and value a comment from you.

    Yeah, I made those aprons 4 inches, and pushed them right to the edge.
    (too bad I cut up some of those long boards of that)

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    allen yu dun good again my friend those dark spots in the oak is mineral stain its common in oak and white oak as well.. that table looks sharp sometimes you cant sand out what mother nature gave us and sometimes there is a reason not to .. this was one of them in my book
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