Side Table Project... a good day in the shop

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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 12-15-2008 03:39 AM 2172 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a really long week at work as well as catching a cold. I finally found the energy to get into the shop today. On my last trip to Karson’s, he had given me bundle of Sapele, a type of African Mahogany (not sure if that is spelled right.) I though I had enough to build a Pembrook style table but there wasn’t enough of matching wood for the top. So after arranging the boards on my table and a little head scratching I came up with this design. The legs are tapered on all four sides (using the jointer tip that Glen Huey showed in a video on the Popular Woodworking site.) and the aprons are just a quick design I laid out. These are photos of the dry fit. All the pieces are cut but not sanded or glued up yet. I’ll do that this week.

This is the top after glue up and some light scraping.

This another photos of the top, different angle.

This is the table in a dry fit. Pardon the messy shop. I wanted to build today, not clean.

Shot of the end apron.

This shot shows the curves of the apron a little better.

Please pardon the messy shop and my poor photography. I am not using my tripod.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Richard Williams

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#1 posted 12-15-2008 03:55 AM

Outstanding work. Great job maximizing your materials. You guys are too good for me. God Bless you and yours.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 12-15-2008 04:13 AM

Very nice design… I like it.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 04:14 AM

Looking Good Bro.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 04:35 AM

Looks great Greg! Keep up the fine work!


-- Williamsport, MD

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 05:43 AM

Like the lift your tapered legs give this refined little table. Can’t wait to see it finished…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 12-15-2008 06:51 AM

Well I’m glad I didn’t give you too much wood, so that you would waste any. A nice job. The glisten of that wood without the finish looks great.

It’s going to be a great looking table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected] †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 04:49 PM

Hi Greg;

I guess Karson likes you better than me! I didn’t get any Sapele.

Great job on the table! I really like the curves on the apron.

Does your tripod clean the shop?

Again, very nicely done. That top will really come to life with a finish on it.

Happy Holidays;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-16-2008 04:10 AM

very nice. icant wait to see the finished product.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#9 posted 12-16-2008 05:54 AM

Ha Ha, isn’t Lee a hoot? I think sapele is so gorgeous! I love the stripes, makes your impending project look “Regal”!! Nice profile on the stretchers! Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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