Small End Table

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Project by markswoodcraft posted 06-18-2014 03:38 AM 2130 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my grade 10 woodshop project
it is made of red oak with a walnut top and splines.
The stretchers and legs are put together with mortise and tenon joints that i hand fitted with a chisel(16 to be exact)
The top has some gaps in it because i found out that the miter saw at my school is not actually 45 degrees
when it is set for 45 degrees. there are gaps in 2 sides and in the middle :(
Dimensions are 23 3/4” tall x 14” wide at the top
Sanded down to 220 and finished with 3 coats of interior satin polyurethane

Thanks for Looking,

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 05:28 AM

Nice table Mark, and I like the way you have the tight grain all around the top.

When using a miter saw for 45 degree cuts, there are a couple things I have learned that might be helpful.

First is to make sure the stock is firmly held in place. When set at 45 degrees, the force of the spinning blade can cause your wood to slide. If the wood moves, this can cause the cut to be off.

Another “trick” I use is to make sure I swing the miter saw to the opposite 45 degree setting when I am cutting the matching pieces for a 45 miter. This way, even if the saw blade isn’t set perfectly in relation to the fence, the two cuts will be complementary and make a perfect 90 (assuming the saw’s 45 degree stops are machined accurately). If you cut both 45 pieces with the saw set to the same 45 degree setting, by flipping over one of the boards, then any inaccuracy in the blade-to-fence setting will be made worse.

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 11:01 AM

Looks very nice. Use mitre gage, never trust manufacturer angles.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 12:01 PM

nice work!

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 12:29 PM

Great work!

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#5 posted 06-18-2014 12:33 PM

Wow – really nice work. I especially like the splines and the nice tight pattern the oak makes in the top.

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#6 posted 06-18-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks for sharing. Nice job. I’ve yet to try my first table, but this makes me want to jump in. I also found that my miter saw isn’t accurate so I’m using a sled on my table saw for most of my cutting.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 09:10 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments and especially lifesaver for the useful tip.

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 10:13 PM

Sweet little table Mark… I got one pretty close to this I have been piddling with but think I wont be able to match your 10th grade project.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 06-19-2014 04:45 AM

Congrats on the daily 3! Now we have something in common.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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