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Old 07-08-2010, 11:35 AM   #1621
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Both ends are cut, and now a twist has shown up in the outer board. That should fix with the joinery I have in mind...plus both boards will be screwed to backing boards to prevent things from moving too much.

Wood such as this used outside is always going to move, so it is a good idea to try to keep the movement seasonal, i.e. from spring to summer movement, then summer to fall movement. That is where the major moves are.

A good protective finish coat, in this case it will be varnish I suspect at this point, should keep the movement to a minimum.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:37 AM   #1622
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Here is a closer look at both ends, and the apparent deterioration in the wood at one end appears obvious.

It's going to be interesting to see what can be done with that...
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:39 AM   #1623
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This will be a live edge table top, but because the remaining bark has been dead for many years, it is easy to pick off. Nothing like the hassle that Jeremy went through with his magnificent giant table top he is currently finishing.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:41 AM   #1624
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I am reliably informed that I must make a trip to town PDQ, as we are nearly out of propane. Grrrr... I guess while I am over I can pick up a couple more things I need for finishing.

And such a nice working day to waste...
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:43 PM   #1625
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Well, that was a trip I won't soon forget.

Got just a couple hundred yards out of the bay and the engine started acting up on the skiff. Less than 100 hours on this motor, so there shouldn't be any problems.

The idiot light told me it was an oil problem...OK, put some more in and off we go again. This time got about another mile out and same thing. Put more oil in, and by now I am quite certain it is overfilled. Rather than risk the rest of the trip across, I turned back and came home very slowly. No problem.

Hop on to the sailboat and give it another go. Everything's OK.

Down to Ladysmith for propane and some delicious bread they make at this wonderful little bakery.

Up to Nanaimo for long hinges, no stainless steel, so I have to take the regular stuff. Maybe if I can get some grease on the hinges they will last awhile.

To the outboard dealer to find out what might be wrong...could be it just needs a new oil filter, or the sending unit cleaned. He doesn't think there can be anything wrong at such low hours. $70 worth of parts and oil later, I'm out the door.

To the bank to advise them that some sweet soul got into my van and swiped my bag in which I have nothing of any real value...but I keep my bank passbooks in there. They will let me know - and the police as well - if someone tries to raid my account.

Only other thing of any substance taken was my GPS, but that's easily replaced.

To the cell phone dealer, my phone has decided it won't charge any more. OK, I will have a new phone, but not for another week as the new model is already on back order - it figures! In the interim, he gives me another phone the same as I have to use as a charging unit. The charge unit is apparently OK, just the display is hooped.

But at least it was sunny and warm and a nice day for a boat ride!!!
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It was one thing after another.

That just goes to show you - when it rains, it pours. Even on nice, sunny days.
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It was one thing after another.

That just goes to show you - when it rains, it pours. Even on nice, sunny days.
Isn't that the truth!

Another beautiful sunny day here again, let's hope there's no more "rain" of the troublesome kind!

Time to get started working...back later.
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The result of this mornings' efforts goes something like this.

First I disposed of all the remaining bark on the edges of the boards with a chisel, sanders and by hand sanding at the very end.

Then ran them both through the planer many times. A little awkward with long boards like this, but they came out well.

Then on to the bench where I sanded them starting with 100 grit to try to get rid of the planer marks, that seemed to work OK.

Progressively finer right down to 320 on the small Ryobi random orbital. Still no new pad for the Porter Cable. Now the boards are smooth as silk.

Then outside to set them up to make a pass with the router between the two boards. This way I should have a pretty close match when the two halves are put together.
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I probably should have explained what I was doing here.

I put the drawing batten on to one of the boards and placed it 2 5/32" away from the board edge. This is the distance from the edge of the router plate to the center.

In order to hold the batten securely in place I used a series of hold downs as shown. I would have needed clamps with about 8" throats to reach in from the edge otherwise.
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You can see how the router cleans one edge off each board as it passes through.
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All done!

You can only do a short section at a time due to the clamping method. Do a short piece, move the clamps...another short piece and so on.
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Once the cut was started, the first end needed to be kept at precisely the same distance apart.

I secured three clamps tightly in place to prevent any unwanted movement.
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Job done and the boards are pushed together.

Could I deceive you into thinking this was one board? Didn't think so..
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Looks like the next step will be to make some boards to fit on the back of these two for the dual purpose of keeping them flat, and to provide something to fasten the top to the (as yet unmade) legs.

I might try some butterfly joints on the top. At least it would be a bit different.
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I was snooping around in my hardwood stash and came up with a few boards of a slightly more exotic variety. I was going to use arbutus for the butterflies, but now...I think not.

Canary wood left, zebra wood right...
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