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Sandpaper Free

Hillary King

This recently completed custom shaker-style table was constructed using wooden studs removed from a house in downtown Charleston. The house was built in the late nineteenth century, and the studs were hefty, at approximately 3" x 4". I milled the wood down into the pieces that I needed to complete the project. Milling the rough pine revealed exquisite grain, which became the star of the show. I did use power tools for rough milling, however, all surface finishing was done using hand planes and a card scraper. (Yep, no sandpaper!) It is the first time that I have been able to avoid sanding on a project of this scale, and it is something I hope to repeat frequently. The table is finished with Danish oil. All nail holes were filled with a tinted epoxy.