Now that the table top is drying I can start work on the legs. The idea for the legs is simple and would hopefully look good. The joinery is simple half lap joinery and some dowels for extra strength. All the leg part will be sourced from 4×4 KD Douglas Ferr. In my area the is no hardwood spellers, instead of trying to source one I decided to utilize what is easy to come by. The wood is soft but the dent it does get seem to give the wood a bit of character. I rounded over the joint, with the idea of some unique characteristic.
Now that I milled all the lumber it was time to glue up the computer table top. I normally use biscuits to help with alignment of the boards. The long grain glue up is plenty strong enough for this size table top. I’m looking to add a Festool domino in the future for tasks like this.
I used my pipe clamps to apply some pressure and two cols to help keep the table to flat. The challenge was the heat, It was about 100 F outside and the glue dries pretty quickly. I left it for one whole day to dry and it come out dead flat and all the joints was aligned very well.
While this is drying I can figure out exactly what I want to do with the feet
I have always had a small computer desk that I manage to fit my My Mac, Work Laptop, Neat scanner and 11 x17 Photo Scanner. This did not leave me much room for any paperwork or research books. I have looked at a couple of computer desk and some simple plans but could find anything I like in my price range. I did not feel comfortable to buy a chip board or MDF desk from a store if I could build a computer table from solid wood.
So I decided to follow the same method I used for our Dinning table. I went down to the local lumber yard to find some KD stock 2×6 and 4×4. The total cost for all the material was about $ 108.
It took me about 2 hours to clean up the the wood and mill it to the right dimensions. This is standard construction grade lumber. Douglas Fer is the make of wood down here, was hoping for some pine but the Douglas Fer is just as good.
I was over at my local lumber yard to see if they didn’t have some Kiln Dried studs that I can use for the table I want to make. Some times they only have 16 feet long and they need to be cut in half to fit into the truck. They have a few machines depending on what need to be cut but I just had to take a picture of this beast.
I have a 10 inch radial arm saw but this one was big, I would love to get that one in the shop but I’m sure this isn’t something you could buy anymore. I love my radial arm saw and use it to make dados and it works very well for that because you can control the depth very well.
With 3 kids in he house shoes is always lying around the house, and some days they are lined with mud or sand from from the garden and sandbox. We just wanted a central spot where every one could leave there shoes and it doesn’t turn into a seek and you shall find event every time you need to go somewhere. The total cost of this shoe rack came to about $60. I use a 1/4 inch dado, some dowel and wood Glue. I dint spent to much time on sanding since it will be all scratched up by the shoes anyhow. I finished it with a walnut teak oil finish.
It worked out pretty well and it is very study.
Spencer Ratliff in this creative must-see video showing the amazing capabilities of the Festool Trion jigsaw Festool PS 300.
I tried to turn a segmented Tamboti Bowl, but unfortunately my gleu joint failed and the whole thing come of the lath. I really didn’t see this coming. I was very careful with the speed and made sure my turning tools was sharp.
Tamboti: Tamboti is a heavy, strong, dense exotic wood. It has an oily nature, making sanding difficult, but does polish well and can be varnished. It is a popular wood for turning and furniture.
|Wood Type:||Tropical Hardwood|
|Texture:||Fine to medium|
|Grain Pattern:||Generally straight, can be wavy and interlocked|
|Health Risks:||Dust can be extremely harmful to the eyes|
|Color:||Golden-brown to dark-brown with darker streaks|