Brought my dining/gaming table into the house last night. We recently renovated our kitchen from studs up. Bringing in the new dining room table was the final piece of the puzzle. And puzzles are what the gaming surface will typically be used for. The top panels are a curly cherry veneer. The pictures don't do the veneer justice. They really sparkle. Table base and top-frame are cherry, sub-frame and panel edging are walnut. Push-pin is wenge because that's all I had laying around that was in the correct general size. Finish is 1 coat of shellac to seal, followed by 4 coats of ARS, and finished with a final smoothing with 2000 grit Platin pad and mineral oil/spirits combo.
Now I'm contemplating building 6 chairs to match... Please god somebody talk me out of it.
Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques always welcome!
I just wrote this in collin's tablesaw thread but if applies here as well.
The new vs. used debate really ends up being a personal decision. For hobby use I'd rather have a new machine, even if it is a lower spec, that has a warranty and proper riving knife and blade guard. I detest, despise, absolutely hate working on machines. If I wanted to get my hands greasy I'd have a 67 mustang fastback and sell all my woodworking machines. I prefer working wood to mechanical work and I will always buy new for that reason. I also have no interest in dealing with Craig's list and spending the little free time I have on weekends driving all over the state trying to find a deal.
Some folks enjoy working on machines and the Craig's list hunt is part of the hobby. I totally respect that, but it is just not for me.
Very nice work. I made one, a little smaller, many years back that looks very similar out of yellow pine. I broke it down after many years of service as it became surplus to requirements and it is currently behind my lumber rack waiting to be repurposed as something else!
But my main point is this - Realistically, who the hell has time to fix up and tune every single tool at their disposal? My stepfather has like 2 buildings full of old tools. Each one would require tons of time to get back into the shape needed to do pretty decent work. I started this hobby to make things, not fix tools. Anything that helps me get there better and faster is absolutely a plus in my book.
And those higher priced tools help compensate for my lack of time and skill. So I'm not really down on the concept. So that was what I meant with it's a little bit the tools that make the project. The better you are skill-wise, the less the tool matters obviously.
Yeah I'll never discount anyone's skill with lesser tools, because they'll make something better than I would with a nice shop of new stuff.
I do feel though that there are 3 default settings for people: Tool snobbery - if it doesn't cost $3k, doesn't belong in my shop. Anti-Tool snobbery-snobbery - If it isn't from the 50's it doesn't belong in my shop and it shouldn't be in yours either you dilettante. And then you know.. the regular dude who is doin his thing.
That link might help you find a hardwood dealer. I have a cabinet shop in town that sells good quality hardwoods for better prices than any box store could offer, the material is much better as well.
I range from hand sketches to 3D models, there is information on this site for the 3D models. Most people use sketchup, i use autodesk products because i have them at work for free and they really are better (opinion).
Finishing is a can of worms with more options than you can probably imagine. Biggest use is probably Arm R Seal (ARS), which is an oil based poly i believe, i don't have access to it and use all minwax products.