Thursday, February 19, 2015

ROUND 2! DIY: Sylvan Brandt Style

Hey! It's me, Tyler, and I'm back with another VERY simple Do It Yourself project! This week I'm going to show you how to make a simple 3'x3' table that can also be translated into making it as larger size table. Currently, I am making 10 of these tables for a local cafe/deli that is opening next month right here in Lititz, PA (don't worry, we will definitely show you what the tables look like in the venue). 

These tables are being made from 100 year old hemlock barn floor planks.

Step 1: Cut planks to desired size using a table saw to create a clean-cut edge to make for the best joint between planks.

Step 2: Apply glue and fasten clamps. (*Side note: Many people ask about how we join our boards and for now we simply use wood glue. In the near future we hope to learn how to use dow rods or biscuits, but for now glue seems to do a great job.)

Step 3: As you see in the picture above, I prefer to pre-cut just one end and leave the other end long and then once the glue has dried then cut to length. The main reason I do this is because I don't trust myself enough to cut every board exactly the same so this is my safe way of making sure it's a straight cut. I measure and mark both the spot where my cut will be made and where I can fasten a 4 ft level to guide my saw.

(I promise my cut is straight, the clamp is what's crooked ;)

Step 4: I not able to show the step-by-step part of this step because I'm not able to do this part just yet(on this table), but I will explain what is done.
As you may notice, I have now capped each end with a 4" x 3' board. To do this I simply use a 7/8" spade bit to pre-drill an inch in and then a 3/8" drill bit to drill through the 4" capping piece. I then apply glue to the inside of the capping piece and insert a 4.5" bolt into the pre-drilled hole and allow the main part of the table to pull the capping piece tight by way of the bolt. To close the hole off, I simply put a 7/8" dow rod with glue into the hole with a glue and sawdust mixture on the exterior.

Step 5: SANDING! It's dusty and tedious, but it's the final touch to beautify these tables.

Step 6: The llllaaaaaassssssttttt step! FINISHING! These tables have a Minwax stain called Puritan Pine topped off with Zar's Antique Flat, which has a matte appearance that we prefer over regular polyurethane. 

There you have it! The cafe is purchasing their own metal bases so we will be sure to update the blog with the completed project.

Thanks for tuning in! Feel free to ask any questions or request a certain DIY project for the blog. 

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