Thorsen Table

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Project by schroeder posted 05-17-2007 08:04 PM 2691 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of two “Thorsen” tables I’m building as wedding gifts. This one is Black Walnut with maple secondary’s. The detail of the original Thorsen table is inlayed in each panel in Black Walnut (the difference between this and the other table is that the inlay is Bubinga – a more pronounced contrast). I think the inlay is subtle and helps the eye travel around the piece. The lattice work stretcher and breadboards are modeled on a “Rodel” theme.
All the joints are pinned with walnut as well. The breadboards, plugs and stretcher all have a 30 degree cut.
Breadboards are fastened by tapping 5/8” dowels into the top, then routed the tongue and screwed the breadboard into the dowels long grain.
There is a concealed drawer (finger joints) that I put in just to maximize the space and add a little hidey spot.
This was a fun project and I want to thank Obi, Karson, Lumberjocks and Popular Woodworking for the idea and contest. It gave me the opportunity to try some new techniques and build a surprisingly challenging table.

(A Shaky walk around)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 05-17-2007 08:22 PM

Very nice table! I like the walnut grain and the concealed drawer is neat.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 05-17-2007 08:43 PM

I enjoyed watching the progress you were making. The finished product is beautiful. The inlay on the aprons and the lattice work stretcher adds a lot of interest to the table.

Congratulations on the great table.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#3 posted 05-17-2007 08:59 PM

this is gorgeous. Love the colour and the drawer definitely is a bonus!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 05-17-2007 09:59 PM

Another outstanding entry!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 10:15 PM

Just beautiful.


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#6 posted 05-17-2007 10:19 PM

Great table Schroeder.

This has been a fun challenge because we all started from the same picture and have developed our own tables.

-- 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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#7 posted 05-17-2007 10:48 PM

Excellent work, Schroeder.

I agree that the large apron of this design just begs for a drawer. If I was back in my shop in OZZ, I most certainly would have added a drawer as well.

This is an outstanding example of craftsmanship.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 11:01 PM

This is Great work! Great choice of wood and finish. Oustanding adaptaion.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#9 posted 05-17-2007 11:56 PM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-18-2007 12:07 AM

gorgeous. Love the hidden drawer, blends in perfectly. I like the original detail as an inlay better than a cut out.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 05-18-2007 01:53 AM

Really Great. The book matching really sets it off.


-- Make Dust

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#12 posted 05-18-2007 03:40 AM

Great craftsmanship, beautiful wood… and congrats on a terrific piece of woodworking.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 05-18-2007 03:52 AM

Schroeder -

Outsatnding work! This is absolutely beautiful. I love the grain matching on the top and the drawer. Please send some good woodwoking vibes up north to PDX!


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#14 posted 05-18-2007 03:57 AM

It turned out wonderfully. Love the book matching and the drawer is a nice feature, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 05-18-2007 05:12 AM

Beautiful job, YOu have a great chance. Nice work. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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