Coffee Table, Note to self
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Note to self #2

I have been stealing a little time each morning to do some work on the table top of the coffee table project. I am nearing the finishing stage of this table and am wrapping up a few loose ends before sanding the whole thing down one more time and applying the stain.

Yesterday I worked on a patch. One of the short pieces of the table top frame had a little tear-out on one end. Note to self: I have to come up with a fix for tear-out since it happens from time to time and it is an instant blemish. If the tear out can be located or is still partially affixed to the wood, then a mostly invisible repair can be achieved. That was not the case with my coffee table and I had to cut away the damaged area and glue on a patch. It will be unnoticed by most people, but I will know it is there.

The patch. This oversized piece of oak will fill the damaged area above.

Clamping the patch in place. A little glue and a pipe clamp does the trick.

This morning I set up my router with my panel raising bit and cut a chamfer on the outer top edge of the top. Everything went perfect with this operation.

Trimed and shaped. The patch is sanded flush and the edge detail has been routed.

The table top will be two different colors. The figured maple insert will be a medium brown and the frame of the top will be a dark brown. So, I will have to finish these separately and then assemble the top. So, the next step is to begin the process of using, for the first time, an aniline dye for the figured maple along with boiled linseed oil – also a first.

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During the week, I sell carpet and rugs for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

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