Saturday, November 10, 2012

7 days till our house warming party - 7 days to refinish our oak kitchen table.

Our little house warming party will be in 7 days and one of my projects on the Honey-Do-List is to refinish our kittchen table, which we inherited from the previous owner of this house.

So step 1 is to sand it down...

some of the finish removed, still lot's togo
The next big step is to figure out what kind of finish was on it to begin with and stain it so it matches all the other parts of the table.

Right now I bought 'golden oak', which seems to be the wrong stain...

Finishing the dog house roof supports

after we cut the tenons and mortises last week, it was now time to put all these pieces together using cross lab joints.

Like these, except that there is a mortise in the middle. We need some overlap in these joints, to avoid the wood splitting while the glue is drying.

Now there are several methods of doing these joints. You can use a saw, chisel and bull nose plane, but since I was short this kind of plane I needed another method. So instead we used a small trimm router and a 1/2 mortise bit. Kinda the wrong bit for the job, but I had this laying around so...

one of our mortises from the last week

the lower part of the cut lap joint

all the assembled joints.
 Next step is cutting the rabbits for the siding and start working on the rafters.