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!