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  1. As the story of this little table continues, it's on to the legs and aprons. As I mentioned in the opening chapter, the highlight of this piece is clearly the top. The bottom support will not be easily visible, so the idea is to have a subtle leg and apron structuce that allows the top to be all it can be. In determining leg position in an oval table you can put them on the ends and the sides of the table or you can put them on the "corners". When I say "corners" I'm referring to where the corners used to be. I find doing a traditional leg structure at the corners of an oval table tricky, it's
  2. Well if by float you mean using figure 8's or slots with hold downs yes, that's the plan with the legs and apron. But I do plan to have the apron up against the bottom of the table top. I won't "float" the top above the rails. In the end it won't matter much what I do esthetically, it will be a low table, about 13" off the floor so you won't see much below it. I do want people to notice the legs and how they project from under the table, and since they have a curve I want them to slightly project from the "corners" of the oval table. This will mean a 45 or similar degree angle for the jo
  3. Coop, thanks and yes they are very comfy. They really sit well. Doesn't that lamp just match the chairs perfectly, real MCM feel. But no, I did not make that, I purchased the lamp.
  4. I'm going to do some aprons and attach the legs that way. I'm looking at different ways to configure the apron rails.
  5. Follow up, walnut chairs back from my upholstery guy. Love the green with the walnut. Creating a MCM sitting area/room. Bookcase also made esp for this spot; Hopefully you enjoyed this build, it was a real pleasure figuring out these chairs. My daughter has already put an order in for a set, so much to build........
  6. The story continues with a quick update and a redirection. First the redirection, this table is being made to go with the Z chairs I just completed. Well I got them back from the upholstery shop and after putting them in the room where they will live I found the size of table I was envisioning to put between the two chairs was too large. I was originally thinking I'd go with a table 20"x 24-28". I really thought I had the space since they were being placed in a spot that held a full sized couch previously. Well after placing the chairs and measuring I'm going to have to down size the table to
  7. Super posts as usual. The kerfing chisel is really handy, that uncut area in the half blind dovetail is always a pain. It's pretty amazing to me it does the job with a square edge, but as you said it's the thickness of the chisel that does the job. I also see you recently added a page to your website that goes into making one, very well done. Question about your comment on your website that Tage Frid used a piece of a bandsaw blade for this. How do he use that with no handle?
  8. Love me some Cat Stevens Mick! Looking good @JohnG, now it's time to mill some wood.
  9. Glad to see ole Spanky is staying out of trouble and making some money. It's a hard way to make a living for sure.
  10. Can't do that, my straight edge for joining the pieces will make the table way short. After @RichardA's observation, a very acute one at that, I'm still going with the bookmatched boards. This table will compliment the Z chairs, so I've decided to call this the V table. Won't need any coffee table books on it for conversation starters, which was also a very acute observation by @Coop. I guess I have a name for the story now....
  11. You are right but that visual is going mess this up for me now. I guess it gives a new meaning to wood porn. This story has taken a different direction for sure.
  12. After final trimming before resawing I'll lose a couple inches of outside heartwood. Man you had to go there, that is really funny though!
  13. The story of the board continues. I start work at 8am some days, 7 am others. On my 8am days I can usually get a little time in the shop before heading to work, and today is one of those days. So after my cup of coffee out I went to do the resaw operation. My 14" Laguna bandsaw is going to be worked out with this so I thought I'd take a quick look to see if there is any obvious waste I could cut off. In this pic you can see first I need new blades in my planer. Second you can see some sapwood that has some insect damage. I commonly see this with my air dried lumber if the bark is left on
  14. @Coop, no worries about thinking you were highjacking, I liked the conversation. The sapwood on that board looks real nice and compliments the shelf well. @wtnhighlander, I can totally see your point, it very well may look like that, and I have no wenge for an inlay. I am planning for the table top to be around 20" at it's widest point, so I have 6" to remove still (with the board being 13" prior to resaw), so I'm not totally locked in with what you are seeing now. I'm going to find out this morning. I have a little time before work and I'm hoping to get it resawn then. Pics will b
  15. As with most stories you hope for a good ending. Well I haven't reached the end of this story yet so my hope is that I will get to a good ending, but there is a distinct possibility it could go bad. I'll start this story back in Dec 2017, I met this tree, a funky walnut at the family farm. As most of you know I mill most of my own lumber and hauling around a chainsaw mill is my main milling technique. I'm pretty adventurous in what I'll mill. Sometimes doing that means a fabulous board and sometimes that means more firewood. I air dry all the wood I mill, and I like to mill thick, this gi
  16. You are right, quite a challenging task and I'm following along with complete confidence in your ability to pull this off. Thanks for sharing this build.
  17. I don't think I'd buy that, unless it was a cheap price. I know you could use epoxy to fill the cracks but that will affect the look to some degree. Also you might have even more issue inside that piece once you resaw. I do think you can get a pretty decent board off the right side of the piece, but then you are avoiding a lot of the figure that you may be looking for. Wood with figure like that is always a challenge. The figure represents swirled irregular grain. That means you have some end grain on the surface of the board and that end grain acts like the end grain at the end of a boar
  18. I've been following this post and hoping a bunch of guys would post some small projects they are doing for Christmas. I get some of my best gift ideas from these kind of posts. So as I thank @rainjer for starting this topic, I figured I should share some small projects I've done and hope to get more guys to post theirs. Every year I do a bunch of small projects for friends, family, and staff. My wife esp likes the fact that there is always a bunch of small gifts to give out to her friends, hairdresser, etc. I'll usually make a bunch of these between bigger builds or have some going and ge
  19. “May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness, Come through your door.” - Some Irish Guy Congrats and best wishes.
  20. I think Mike's is in a tough spot, but also a spot that has some positives. He still has the name and the "client base" given to him by Sam, but at the same time he's not Sam. I think just doing Sam's designs means he'll never command the prices or the amount of business Sam got. But if he builds off the brand with new and interesting pieces, he might have more success. Randall, does Mike do any new designs that you know of? Sam has big shoes to fill, sort of like becoming the new SS for Baltimore after Ripken retired.
  21. Thanks for noticing that, I really like the look of walnut with the sapwood. Most of the sapwood will be hidden by the cushions, so I didn't really worry about it while I was building, then I got them done and thought that looks really cool. I could have done a little better at chosing the location of some of the sapwood, I think it looks a little haphazardly placed. But in the end I'm still pleased. My stock was less than primo walnut, but I agree we should not be afraid to celebrate and embrace walnut's alter ego.
  22. A quick followup from the original build. I said I was following up the first 2 chairs made in cherry by making 2 in walnut, well here they are. These walnut chairs went very smoothly as I had developed all my patterns and angles in the previous version. Made a few subtle changes; the back spindles are a little more slender, widened the back lower support, and I did a little more sculpting on the chair trying to soften the look slightly. Today is the day I brought them to my upholstery guy, took a few pics before loading them into the truck. Here are the 2 chairs preupholstery;
  23. No, don't do it, don't do it! Well...... I watch your build anyway. Excited to see a new project getting posted and look forward to following.