My Partially Finished End Table

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Blog entry by gdaveg posted 08-03-2020 10:17 PM 502 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of making a new end table for my recliner. It is to replace some of the first furniture I bought for this house 41 years ago. The $440 dollar house payments were killing me so went to Sears and got 2 end tables and a coffee table for about $200. It is time for the old table to go.

This project was started about 18 months ago. I made the legs in the Portland Guild shop, aprons in the Arizona shop. The top pieces are at the AZ house. The top is intended to be 25” x 23” with a 4 inch wide walnut frame around the edges, mitered corners. An insert 17” x 15” fits inside the top frame. It has two walnut strips 5” wide with a 5.5” wide padauk strip in the middle.

First time making mortise and tenon joints. They fit pretty tight, table sits without rocking on hardwood floor.

Cut tenons on a table saw by nibbling out. Tried to use a tenoning jig but cut from the wrong side of the pencil line once and I walked away from that tool licking my wounds. A new apron board was needed.

On this project learned:

1. how to use a morticing machine.

2. How to use a tapering jig. Tip, make sure each board is clamped in tight. Two of my legs were like intended, jig slipped and was not noticed and two were identical but different. Had to cut all down.

3. I always will have a goof somewhere on my project, others may not see it but I do every time.

4. My projects morph during the build. The table was going to be 24×22.

I almost always do a drawing of my projects before starting. I am attaching one of several.

I was a couple of hours away from finishing a sled that cuts “perfect” 45 degree corners when the AZ wood shop closed for the virus. Following a YouTube video by William Ng for the sled build. He called it “2 Cuts to a Perfect mitre sled”.

I see there are two of the same photos, oh shoot!!


-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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