Porch Table

Porch Table

Unread post #1 by balarila » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:09 pm

Starting on an 8-foot Porch Table. The plan is in my mind for now. Will post the Sketch-up when I get around it.

For now, started miling some ash wood.

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I will finish it with a base of black and brown stain (ala-walnut) then ceruse it. My first time to do this finish so hope it turns out ok. Ash's grain can be opened like oak so should be good for cerusing/pickling. Wish me luck!
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #2 by gattaca » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:35 pm

No idea what ceruse is, but nice wood you've got there!
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #3 by balarila » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:11 am

gattaca wrote:No idea what ceruse is, but nice wood you've got there!


Google it. There's lots of images online.
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Unread post #4 by joey81 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:29 am

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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #5 by Tomas » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:25 am

looks like a great plan btw i have no luck of staining a light shade wood, it turns black -_-
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #6 by Violaine » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:53 pm

Hey Tomas!

but what kind of shade of stain are you using???
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #7 by balarila » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:14 am

Tomas wrote:looks like a great plan btw i have no luck of staining a light shade wood, it turns black -_-


Penetrating wood stains have a habit of doing that: no grain contrast, just washing color on the entire plank. But many good quality oil stains should work.
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #8 by balarila » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:08 am

Seems like endless jointing and ripping.
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Then cut slots for the biscuits.
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Glueing
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Planed and sanded some rough surfaces and joints.
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Cut the end-legs. Joints are mitered which is extremely weak so cut slots for biscuits.
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Those biscuits for the mitered joints are just temporary, to hold while gluing. I will put in stronger joints later. It was, BTW, quite a challenging experience biscuiting at 45 degrees.

As may be noticed, the main top is ash. Now reconsidering if I will ceruse or a darker stain. The end legs are some beautiful acacia planks I bought while on a drive in Pililia. Chanced upon a shop that had them drying in the sun. Fell in love with the grain. I stopped and haggled. The seller was planning to use them as stair treads but had 5 pieces extra which he sold to me.
He wondered what I would use them for. I said I had no idea but will think of something.

The challenge in this project is in joining the end legs with the main top.

The main top's timber are longitudinal while the endlegs are crosswise. This will mean largely different movement directions. Am planning on slotted screwed joints between them to allow for expansion. More on that later.

One challenge I did not foresee is how heavy the glued up parts are. I found that I would need to wait for someone to help me move them about. Like lifting concrete.
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #9 by balarila » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:20 am

While ripping ash, I abused my tracksaw and motor finally gave out. Consulted Golden and he recommended a shop in Pasay who happily repaired it in 24 hours. Cost me over P3k but now working fine.

Of course, while waiting for the repair, I found an excuse to buy a more powerful circsaw: Bosch GKS 235
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It's a beast which I will be using from now on whenever rough cutting thick planks.
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Re: Porch Table

Unread post #10 by balarila » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:19 pm

Rough cut and pre-assembly done.

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