We've Finally Resumed Building the Table

It's been a while since we've worked on our sports ticket table, and we've finally returned to it.

When we last left off, the next step was removing all the nails so we could start planing things. We decided to start with the tabletop wood and so I moved it all into the garage and laid things out

Of course the first piece of wood we started inspecting had SO. MANY. NAILS.

We worked diligently until the death nail reared its ugly head

That one fucking nail seriously took us about 45 minutes to remove. I'm not kidding. We broke a chisel

Got the counter sink stuck

Yup, that's the nail head and the counter sink jammed together (it took me about 5 minutes just to get the counter sink out)

But finally after all the jamming, prying, shoving, yelling, cussing, tool throwing, and yanking I ripped that mother fucker out

And chewed up the wood so much that there was a hole from one side to the other.

After searching around and figuring that all the nails were out we used a handy dandy nail finder that made noises that indicated there were still nails in it, but for the life of us we couldn't find any. We weren't really sure what to do because we didn't want to plane the wood with nails in it because that would damage the knives, but because we'd only be taking a very small layer of wood off we reasoned that if we couldn't see any nails, shaving off that top layer was probably safe.

So we apprehensively sent it through the planer

It looked awesome!!! And no damage to the knives done at all as no nails were hit. Phew!

We knew we'd have to plane the other side to make all the thicknesses of the boards the same so the table top was flat, but we decided to run all the wood through the tablesaw first (this would shave off a layer from the sides of the wood so it would be flat and we could join all the pieces together most effectively).

While Chris ran the wood through the table saw I stayed a step ahead by inspecting for nails first (and no piece of wood was nearly as challenging as that first one)

And after about 45 minutes of running each piece through the tablesaw twice (once on each side) we were left with some awesome pieces of wood

Next up, planing to the same thickness!


Reuben Collins said...

Cool. I wish I had a planer!
Can't wait to see the table when it's done.

meryl rose said...

The more we work on building it the more and MORE I can't wait to see it done!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I want to see this table, now!

meryl rose said...

Thanks Sara, me too!!! :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

I know this comment is late for the train -- but as I imagine you have more nail removal in your future, I highly highly recommend the "nailjack" tool. It is like a heavy duty pliers type thing but with a tapered and curved jaw so you can grab, close the jaws to clamp onto the nail, and then roll back on the curved jaw to lever it out. It's genius!! For highly resistant staples or finish nails there is a crimper type grab on the other side of the pivot. Avail on amazon and also known as "nail hunter". About $25 and totally worth it for the reduction of frustration alone -- but objectively it pulls cleanly so you don't damage your wood and saves a ton of time. A fantastic tool.