Sunday, August 25, 2013

So much for a day off....

 I don't know what it is with rush orders, but they seem to be all that are coming my way these days. Someone walked into my shop with this table base and asked if I could make it taller - by adding some sort of extension onto the top of it .

Sure, no problem... 


Oh, OK... ten days. 

No problem!

First things first - I needed to add some levelers to the three feet on this pedestal. It took longer than I thought it would, but - isn't that always the case?  This pedestal is going to support a granite countertop, and adjustability is always important when dealing with heavy loads like that.

After the levelers were in place, I measured to determine that I needed an extension about eight inches high. But the transition from the existing base to the new piece bothered me. I was concerned how they would look butted next to each other. 

In cases like this, it's best to make a completely separate transition piece. 

So - I threw a piece of wood on a faceplate and turned a thin transition disc. 

 Here it is, mounted in place. 

OK, levelers and transition are done... let's figure out the main part of the extension. 

There are a few apps you can use to determine stave construction dimensions, and after imputing the proper dimensions, I ended up with this simple cutting diagram.

Luckily, I had some Mahogany in the shop, just waiting for a job like this. 

After squaring up a piece of the board, I set the blade to the appropriate angle and ripped the eight pieces that will form the piece.

It's funny - I try to take Sundays off, but it always seems like something pops up and I need to head to the shop on my "day off."  

In this case, I just needed to get this piece glued together. Sunday or not.

Hopefully, I'll get this piece turned tomorrow and can start on matching a stain. 

No rest for the weary. 

1 comment:

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I always enjoy seeing how you solve the "problems" customers bring to you.