Craftsman End Table

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My wife and I lived and cruised on our sailboat for nearly fifteen years. Our boat’s furniture was built-in, so when we sold the boat, we sold our furniture. We bought our house in the Pacific Northwest two years ago, and furnished it minimally with odds and ends from thrift stores and garage sales. Almost immediately we launched a campaign to replace the used stuff with furniture that I build.

During the past few months, I’ve stumbled up the steep learning curve from simple softwood bookcases to more elaborate (and expensive) hardwood designs, and from the hand tools that we kept on our boat to more intimidating band saws, planers and jointers in our garage qua woodshop.

I made the table with $194 worth of red oak, and finished it with Odie’s Oil. I’ll be eager to learn how Odie’s Oil stands up to daily use, cat traffic and the inevitable coffee spill.

The outfit what sold me the plans was a bit casual when it came to dimensions, and that cost me a few board feet of lumber. I’m leary about buying any more furniture plans on line. But I’ve come to respect the work of Lumber Jock members, and would not hesitate to beg or buy plans from them.

Home furnishing continues.

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 11:25 PM

The table looks great! I would think about finding a different lumber supplier. I’m not sure how the prices might change across the country but here in Kansas I could buy that oak for about $10. Red oak is plentiful around here. I had my own logs milled a couple years ago for $0.43 per board foot.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 11:38 PM

Beautiful table!
You did a great job!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 12:12 AM

SOG, you have done very well with this table. Through tenons are very difficult to do well and you did yourself proud. I agree that you should be able to find your timber much more reasonably priced. There are a number of LJs from the NW. Perhaps if you ask the question on the Wood & Lumber forum, someone will be able to point you toward other suppliers.

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 01:19 AM

Where did you buy the wood at? That would shouldn’t have cost more than about $4.50/boardfoot, which would be about half the price you quoted.

Edensaw woods is right next to you there in Port Townsend. Looks like they have prime Red Oak at $4.22/boardfoot based off of their website.

Either way, you did a good job on it. Looks nice.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 01:38 AM

Nice table. I’m still honing my skills. I hope to be making things like this soon. Well done.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 02:34 AM

Very clean work! You are on your way to some great pieces.

-- --Dale Page

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 04:13 AM

Very nice, I’m usually not too much of a fan of red oak but that looks great.

I’m up in the Seattle area and I get most of my materials from Crosscut and they have a great selection and their prices are pretty good (usually just a bit more expensive than edensaw and they are much closer for me at least). They’ve got a couple stores in Oregon too.

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 01:55 PM

Once again you impress. The piece looks like it came out of a show room. It is nice to see you expanding your skills and approaching new and more difficult projects. As you can see from the responses, fellow LJ’ers will help you out in finding more economical wood suppliers.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 02:23 PM

your work looks great…your home will be furnished with quality stuff in no time.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 06:35 PM

Hey SOG,

Very nice table! Each piece will make your house a home. I’m a sailor in the Seattle area. What kind of boat did you guys cruise on? I’m doing the exact opposite. I built a house full of furniture then plan on doing a circumnavigation when my son gets old enough. I go to the Wooden Boat Festival every year and just finished an Eastport Pram.


Thanks for the heads up about Crosscut! It’s nice to have options.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 01-09-2015 05:59 PM

Very nice table. If you haven’t seen his profile yet, I suggest looking at pintodeluxe’s work. He has some fantastic blogs of furniture he’s made in a similar style to yours and you can find his SketchUp plans online in the 3D Warehouse under the same username. Between SketchUp and inspiration from here, I don’t think you need to buy plans for A&C furniture.

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