Lucasd2002

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  1. Thanks wtnhighlander. Very good point about the locations of the base member to avoid tipping. Interesting idea about the structure. Is this this what you have in mind?
  2. As a spinoff, the wife is interested in a bench to go with the new table. My first thought was to make the bench as a miniature version of the table (pair of gray trestles with cherry on top). However, the boss wants the bench to have a back, which (based on what I know) does not particularly align with a trestle design. First things first, I have not found traditional bench length rules. Does it make sense for the bench length to be approximately 75% of the overall table length? In stead of a trestle design, I am thinking about a more traditional chair structure (e.g., 8/4 rear l
  3. I really like that table. You make it look easy.
  4. Moving the new table into place included swapping the old table out to the garage. The old mahogany top needs to be refinished. The previous finish is probably varnish that my dad applied in the late '70s.
  5. Ha! My 5 year old performed task #1 from my list above on the front bumper of my wife's SUV while I was making this table. Luckily, she just grazed the bumper leaving a very small mark. On a more serious note, as long as she has hearing protection on, the 5 year old likes to follow me around with the shop vac and collect dust/shavings. This was probably the only task that was genuinely helpful.
  6. In the garage, my two girls enjoy: (1) hitting objects with a hammer (2) wearing dad's ear protection (3) sanding random objects with leftover pieces of sand paper (4) finding sharp objects when dad's back is turned (5) repeat steps (1)-(4) as necessary
  7. It's difficult to see from the larger image of the top, but the two breadboard ends are cut from the same piece of cherry. Both ends feature some lighter color sapwood. My thought was that these would provide some symmetry at the ends of the top. First end: Second end:
  8. We put the new table into service yesterday. First, the assistants helped assemble the base. The base has some thinned water base paint with multiple coats of GF water-based clear coat on top. The older (5 y/o) assistant signed and dated the underside of one of the upper stretchers (before the clear coat was applied). We insert the lower stretchers into the two trestle assemblies. Then, we add the top stretchers and insert the wedges into the ends of the lower stretchers. I initialed and dated the underside of the top (before the fini
  9. Thanks guys. The cherry top is sitting in the driveway now soaking up some rays.
  10. Parts are ready for finish. The base (red oak) will be stained gray. I have been experimenting with GF water based stain (whitewash color) mixed with black transtint. The top (cherry) will have at least 2 coats of WDO followed by at least 3-4 coats of ARS satin. I usually let the last coat of WDO cure for at least a week before the first coat of ARS. The last real decision is whether the WDO will have any tint. Here are a couple samples - actual offcuts from the top. The sample of the left has 2 coats of WDO "natural" with one coat of ARS. The sample of the right has 2 coat
  11. The last new parts are fitted. I made 4 wedges from cherry offcuts from the top (2 at each end of the trestle assembly). The 8/4 stretchers have "angled" mortises where they pass through the trestle assemblies. I spent a few hours Saturday and Sunday planing the top to try to remove a high spot in the center board. The base is finished, but I plan to cut the stretchers now that the mortises and wedges are defined (I left them intentionally long because I wasn't sure what how the mortises would turn out).
  12. Lucasd2002

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    I was a mechanical/aerospace engineer (worked at Sikorsky on helicopters). I retired around the time I finished evening law school - I now kinda fit your description as I am a patent attorney full time. Work doesn't stress me out too much (usually). I just enjoy woodworking and trying to make stuff. Lack of time is my main problem for this hobby (and not enough space for a proper workshop). My father and grandfather were much better woodworkers than I am, but it helps me remember them.
  13. Been working on the top (after taking most of the summer off). I ended up using 5 pieces of 8/4 cherry with biscuits for alignment. I wanted to challenge myself and try breadboard ends, so I routed about 1/3 of the thickness from the top and bottom at each end. Then, I cut away portions of the ends to make 3 tenons. I also use the table saw to cut a slot in the breadboard ends to match the tenon. I used a drill press and chisels to remove material corresponding to the 3 tenons (in each breadboard end). I was a little too aggressive in th
  14. Thanks guys. The pine parts shown here are not intended to be attached to the top. They are supposed to help set the distance between the two trestle assemblies and provide a (flat-ish) surface along with the upper parts of the trestles for the top to rest on. In theory, these 4 t-nuts should take very little vertical load. I did actually use CA glue when I embedded those 4 t-nuts (and I drilled small pilot holes for the barbs extending from the t-nuts). At this point, I'm happy to not have CA glue holding a thumb and index finger attached to one another. That didn't actually happen,
  15. Trying to finish up the base. This is the current state. I added curves to the vertical parts of the trestle members and the lower stretchers. The vertical parts have through mortises for the lower stretchers. The biggest lesson learned from cutting those curves was that I overestimated my ability to operate a jig saw with thick material. I already knew that I should have a bandsaw for cuts like those, and this experience did nothing but reinforce that. Unfortunately, I do not have the space for a bandsaw at this time. The most recent change was to add the upper stretche