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Blog entry by patron posted 03-12-2015 05:48 PM 2699 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hoping to help with this blog
steve has been having problems posting this for 3 days now
if this doesn’t take
his table can bee seen on shipwrights blog

Moser End Table Getting Started
by SPalm

My wife and I wanted to replace our living room end tables with something that was lighter and had more open space. And maybe add more pieces later. We have always liked Thomas Moser designs and really liked his American Bungalow series. It contains a bit of Arts and Crafts with a bit of Modern and a bit of Oriental design. There are a lot of pieces available using these design elements. Here are his coffee and end table designs:

They supply simple drawings of the major dimensions that I clipped into small pictures. Not a lot to go on, so I am just winging it:

Her is a link to their website if you want to see examples:
So….. I thought I would start with a small end table. We liked the smaller size, but not the shelf, so it will have a cross bar(s) like the coffee table.
Here is a pic of the 3×3 cherry that I have a bunch of. It definitely has its pluses and minuses but I will give it a go.

I resawed some and glued up an oversized top. Note the cherry stool that I just built but cannot figure out a seat design for it :-(

I made a tapering jig to make the legs. 2 inches taper to 1.25 inches. I used a tapered cutoff to help hold the leg for the second cut.

So I ended up with what I call sticks, beams, and legs.

Then I cut some dados so that the beams would interlock with the sticks at the top of the table. This is also know as a half lap joint.

Just a construction note: you can tell when the dado blade height is right for a half lap by grooving the ends of some scrap stock and see if they interlock correctly.

So here is where it sits right now. Nothing is glued, the sticks and beams need bevels, the top needs to be cleaned up and sized, and the legs need to be attached. I am planning on attaching the legs with dowels (yuk).

I also have to add small mortises to the legs for the bottom stretcher. And make the bottom stretcher. I hope this thing will be strong enough; it does not have a lot of bracing.


edit later

here is part 2 of this blog from steve

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 05:50 PM

seems to have worked

great table steve

maybe you aren’t much of a rocket scientist

but you sure are one fine woodworker

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-12-2015 06:04 PM

Yup, it worked. Shipwright tried this last night but he signed in as me first. It failed.

So I don’t what we learned. Nice to have it posted though. I guess it’s my account as the data worked fine for you in your account.

Thanks Patron,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 03-12-2015 06:12 PM

This rates as a “development” .
Make sure cricket knows about it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 06:16 PM

i saw a post she is doing
(haven’t read it yet)
seems to be written in some alien language

maybe asking spock to help out

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-12-2015 06:16 PM

Looking good Steve. I do love the Thomas Moser designs. Don’t worry about the dowels, they are small tenons with small mortises and they really do work well in spite of being somewhat looked down on by many woodworkers. I built a pair of sofas for my son’s room using only dowels when he was 15 and he used them for many years, even in his basement rec room and finally got rid of them when he was about 40. They stayed solid as a rock all those 25 years and the framing was fir!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-12-2015 06:25 PM

Sounds like “Posting Descrimination” to me…
... we must do something about this…

... kidding, of course…

This should narrow down the problem…

Steve, can you post ANY other type of Blog entry?
If so, you might take the Problem Post & start removing parts of it, Posting to get results, etc.
... and continuing until it Works… Might find the BIG CLUE…

You might start by gradually making it Shorter & Shorter… test posting after each reduction until it works…

... just picking at straws…

Change Titles to reflect the change made… to make it easier to remember THE change made.

Good luck…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 03-12-2015 08:30 PM

Patron and Shipwright win co-Buddy of the year for this! Sorry for your troubles Steve. Very nice start to what looks like a nice set of end tables. Good luck as you proceed.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 03-12-2015 08:34 PM

part 2 of steves blog is now posted from my blog

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 03-12-2015 11:34 PM

This is going to be great, looking forward to how it turns out.

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#10 posted 03-13-2015 01:42 AM

i really like these steve, ive got a bit of walnut i might be tempted to make a few like these, ill have to glue up some stock for the legs….but i would like to see your end pieces please…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 03-14-2015 07:22 PM

Hey Steve – glad David was able to help with the post! I give you alot of credit for the number of attempts you made trying! I was rooting for ya with each blog email I got…....

That really is a great design and also love that great stack of Cherry you got there to. Looking forward to the results…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 01:04 PM

Very nice.

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