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Title: Miniature Coffee & End tables
Post by: CatwithSevenToes on April 28, 2019 08:07:57 PM
https://i.imgur.com/sOHuOsJ.jpg (https://i.imgur.com/sOHuOsJ.jpg) (Measurements in image are to actual size. They'll be shrunk down once I start working on it)

My next task, whilst I work upon my itty bitty wall hanging Platycerium,  is an itty bitty 1:12 scale coffee table.  I used our couch as measurements, but considering the type of tables I'm making, I don't think size will be a problem.  Plus, they could be used as decoration in front of a double pain window.  

The real tricky part, will be testing the mulberry to ensure it's dry enough to use for this project, but I should not have any issues with gluing the mulberry to the Russian olive that I'll use as an inlay.  One thing I have been wondering about, what to do with the top of the coffee table chest.  Hinge it, or make it where it is just inserted onto the chest.  I think for sanity's sake I'll just make it as an insert.  I do plan on making the Russian olive insert off center, as I think that would yield the best look.  Either way, I'm kind of interested in seeing what the final product looks like.

Edit: After thinking about it, I do still have some cedar laying around, and that would probably look better with the mulberry.  So I'll test the two different kinds of woods.

Edit 2: Well, I can see the planks are going to be a bit difficult to pull off, considering some of my tools are a little worn.  Meh, I'll get it.  It'll just take a bit of time.

Edit 3: https://i.imgur.com/e5BVsVK.jpg (https://i.imgur.com/e5BVsVK.jpg) Well, the experiment was a bust.  It does look good, but it's definitely not flat.  Hmm! I think the sanding by hand bowed it out.  I'll have to try a few things out.  Anyway, this is going to look quite nifty, I think.

Edit 4: Ok! I've decided to put that off and just build them out of veneer or 1/8th in. plywood.  My table saw is in need of upgrading, and my chronic pains plus memory issues are just too much for me to be alert enough. So for safety's sake, I better put off using logs for anything other than my mini lathe.  So this might take me a while to get done, as I don't have the funds to go out and buy wood (trying to see a doctor so I can get back to work, heh).  Anyway, I'll post links to some things I've seen that would aid me in doing this if by some miracle I can get these pains and mental issues under control...

https://youtu.be/zVh0zfkvlhc (https://youtu.be/zVh0zfkvlhc) Mill lumber with a table saw.
https://youtu.be/XebIOAaPhhU (https://youtu.be/XebIOAaPhhU) Build a tablesaw sled. (This is a little overblown, but the general concept is sound).
https://youtu.be/bGxskWwOYeE (https://youtu.be/bGxskWwOYeE) Make a thin strip ripping jig.  Although, the last link would be well enough, this is still something that I might look into later.

Edit 5: https://i.imgur.com/H1WTfKO.jpg (https://i.imgur.com/H1WTfKO.jpg) Well, since I was bored, and did have some pieces already cut, I went ahead and slapped them together. So, using the cedar as a trim instead of an inlay, this is what the lid of the chest would look like.


Title: Re: Miniature Coffee & End tables
Post by: CatwithSevenToes on May 04, 2019 04:31:14 PM
Miniature mulberry, cedar trim chest coffee table, end table, plus a 1:12 scale 4x10 herb planter, and a Russian olive candy dish... (https://imgur.com/a/jMULeWv)

I had made a few planks before I decided not to use my table saw, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. So I just sanded like hell and finished these.  Not perfect, I do need to upgrade my clamps, and get a small vice, and have some better eyes installed, but meh, still darn cool...

(Drat! Still need to make a few more posts before I can add an image...Oh well, just click on the link above).


Title: Re: Miniature Coffee & End tables
Post by: CatwithSevenToes on May 04, 2019 08:38:58 PM
Legends CC6648 bookcase (https://legendsfurniture.com/product.php?IDName=CC6000)

I had thought about making a couch to match these, but decided on a bookcase.  I used to be a furniture delivery boy (why I'm in so much pain now) back between 2000 and 2002, and had delivered hundreds of these, and I think a complete Mulberry one would be awesome. So that's my next task.

Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to (safely) cut up a piece of the mulberry I had split in two and made enough 1/8th inch thin planks.  So they'll do nicely. Plus, I had taken a full branch, about 3 inches wide, and made one large plank that would be perfect for the backing of the bookcase.  I'll have to thin it up to the point of it splitting, though. I might glue a piece of paper or thin cardboard to the back of it just to hold it together so it doesn't fall apart during the sanding (which sucks beyond belief as I don't have anything better than my hand to sand with, O_o, yikes). Just have to sand them in spurts, so it will take a while, but I bet it's going to look very interesting. The Mulberry finished beautifully.


Title: Re: Miniature Coffee & End tables
Post by: greybird on May 04, 2019 09:18:27 PM
These are beautiful!  Great job!  :)  I also really love the wood you used in your project and that the table opens.  :)


Title: Re: Re: Miniature Coffee & End tables
Post by: CatwithSevenToes on May 06, 2019 07:17:55 AM
These are beautiful!  Great job!  :)  I also really love the wood you used in your project and that the table opens.  :)

Thanks!

Miniature mulberry, cedar trim chest coffee table, end table, plus a 1:12 scale 4x10 herb planter, and a Russian olive candy dish... (https://imgur.com/a/jMULeWv)

I did get the bookcase made (out of Mulberry, too), and added 2 planters and a vase I made out of Russian olive as I actually think the Russian olive wood goes well with the Mulberry wood.