As per my usual, every day after work this week I tried to get in half an hour to an hour of work on the tables. After a nine or ten-hour day at work you would think I would just come home and relax. Well that is exactly what I’m doing. A little wood working is the best way to quiet my mind. Anyway I made some progress.
Most of my attention this week was focused on getting the first tabletop ready for finish. I could have just went with the planed surface. Except for a few troublesome areas, the top was smooth, but a little boring to my eye. Admittedly, I had planned to treat this top with the uzukuri technique. Essentially an abraded and burnished finish treatment created with “brushes” of varying coarseness. The abrading action lowers the less dense (early) wood from the harder (late) wood. Subsequent finer “brushes” further refine, as well as burnish, the surface. I also used a couple of gouges to further deepen the effect here and there. The resulting surface is much like polished driftwood. The technique isn’t difficult, but takes time. Plus you are never really done. At some point you just have to stop.
Here you see one of the trouble areas with some wild grain.
I did a little work on the trestles for this top as well. If you remember, I had a couple splits that needed repaired. The repairs worked out fine, but their visibility was wearing on me. So I broke out my stamping tool and added some texture to the ends of the trestles and followed up with the wood burning tool.
Since I had the wood burner fired up, I had a little fun with the tops of the trestles. Very few people will ever see this, but I think it will be a nice surprise for those who do.
I mounted the top with the carriage bolts and wing nuts that I “aged”. Two bolts per trestle. These are 1/2″ bolts and I needed to allow for any expansion and contraction of the top. To do this I bored 3/4″ holes in the trestles. Hence the need for a fender washer. The tabletop received a countersink for the bolt head and a 1/2″ thru hole. To create the countersink I employed my expansion bit and cleaned up the bottom of the hole with a small router plane.
I used a gouge and, you guessed it, the wood burner to ease the entrance and exit edges of the hole.
So the first table is complete and ready for finish.
Now onto tabletop number two.