But then I cleaned it up.
There were several nail holes, gashes, splits, loose knots that needed some attention. I chose to fill those imperfections with some epoxy tinted to a solid black. The table will be dyed a very dark brown, so I think these black bits will look good, and hopefully natural, with a final finish on.
Planing off the the epoxy left on the surface was about as hard as I thought it would be. A sharp iron cut right through without much problem, but the epoxy dulled it down pretty quick. After close to10 sharpenings I was done. I hadn’t flattened the top at all before this, so I cleaned up the epoxy and flattened the top all at once.
Before all this epoxy craziness, i patched some of the uglier gashes with some new little pieces.
The top is done for now. Once everything else is done, I’ll give it a light sanding and ease the corners, then it will be ready for finish.
I’m ready to work on the base now. I’ll cut the legs and aprons to rough size and surface them next.
I’m hoping to have this completely done by the end of August. I *think* I’m on track.