Well, Got the wood on Friday. Got it stacked on Saturday. Guess it's time to get started on the table.
So today is basically wood selection and 'think about it' day.
Before I cut one piece of wood, I want to spend some time just looking at the pieces, thinking about what I want to do, and how I'm going to do it before I start. This will be my biggest project, and first real household project, so I want to make sure I do things right the first time.
The size of the table I'm thinking about will be 7' long by 42" wide. So I had two nice wider boards, and quite a few thinner boards. What I've got laid out here is 10' long by ~45" wide. That gives me a few extra inches of width, and I'm not really going to cry if the table ends up 41" wide. I figure I'll cut the boards about 6" longer than 7' to give me a little length to play with.
The boards are slighty cupped, and one has a bit of a bow, that bow is at the end and most of that will be cut off.
I'm working off of an article in Fine Wood Working called 'Stickley Done Lightly'. It was a 48" wide 10' long table. They used curly maple, but I'm just using regular Eastern Rock Maple. I'm also going to do mine a bit smaller than theirs, but in the general style.
So, Not sure how long this project will take. We've had some awfully nice days lately out in the shop. 57 degrees out today, but things will be getting cold soon, and I'm sure I'll be slowing down then, plus I have other projects in the housel.
I'd really like to get the table done before Thanksgiving, that gives me what (Larry, you told me earlier today!) 18 days? If I can at least get the table top glued up by then, I guess I might just have to use my new sawhorses for the legs until I finish it!
I do plan on making chairs and a bench for it as well, but that will probably be a completely different story!
Wish me luck!
Here's a picture of the boards layed out to decide how best to arrange them before I cut.
And I think this shows why I wanted some stout sawhorses!