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First Pass at Dimensioning the Oak for the Table Top
The wood has been sitting for over 6 months in the base. At this point in time, I want to start dimensioning the wood so that it is close to the final thickness of the tabletop. I want to get the newly exposed wood climatized to the basement to ensure that when I finally start building the tabletop, it will not cup or bow.
The first image shows the intended layout for the wood:
- Two leaves for the main table setup
- Middle Leaf for large groups of people. My wife, Lisa, wants the table to open to be square within the space of the Sun Room. I will have the table open to become wider rather than longer.
There are also some imperfections in the wood. The biggest issue is the loose knots in the boards. To fix this issue I epoxied the holes to stabilize the wood and create a design element. We will see. BTW, I am using option 2, since I want the closed table to fit correctly in the room (Rectangular rather than square).
Gallery Showing first pass at Dimensioning Preparing the Lumber
Here is a series of images from the initial dimensioning of the lumber. Once this is done, I will let the wood site for a couple of months to aclimate more.
Here is the layout for the table top.
The boards in position for the top
Planing the boards
Truing the top
Reviewing the work
Filling the knot with Epoxy
Using Epoxy to repair a knot in the board
Hand Planing the epoxy
"Chips" of Expoxy
Finished hand planing the Epoxy
Love the Wood Chips
View from above
Boards with a cup of coffee