Single Board Side Table

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 03-27-2015 09:17 PM 2364 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this table that Michael Pekovic presented in Fine Woodworking magazine and was immediately taken with it’s simple elegance and beauty. I was unsure whether I had the capacity to create such a fine piece of furniture, but did have the desire. Once I began to assemble it and found that all four legs touched the floor at the same time a very big smile came to my face! This was really fun to build and a great skill-building project.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 09:25 PM

Very nice. I love the line about all 4 legs touching the ground at the same time. However if they don’t, we both know it is because the ground is out of level!!!!!!!
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 10:38 PM

I have just literally finished watching the on line video of this table built by Michael. I too was captivated by its simplicity and elegance.

This is a project I will try to build at some time in the future.

You have done an equally impressive job on your own project, very well done. Can I ask, how long did it take to build.

Thanks for posting.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 10:49 PM

Beautiful work and a treasure to look at. After this project I would say you are ready for anything that catches your eye. The leg lines are absolutely elegant! For your drawer dovetails, I bet you used maple for the drawer sides to contrast nicely with the cherry front. Just guessing :)

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 11:08 PM


Thanks for the kind words. I just looked at my receipt and see that I purchased the Cherry board on 2/25, so that’s almost exactly a month ago. I took my time building this because I knew it was important to pay attention to detail, but also because it was really fun to work the wood.

IMHO the hand cut joinery is challenging, as is the spokeshave work on the legs. Be sure to get the plans and watch/re-watch the videos. Note the plans for dovetails deviate from the videos. Also, the router bit needed to clean up the top of the legs is from Infinity (information not disclosed in the plans/videos). Watch one video ahead of where you are, it may answer questions you have.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#5 posted 03-28-2015 12:07 PM

Wow Jerry! That is beautiful workmanship!
I agree with Don; your skills have you ready to tackle anything!
Very, very nice!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-28-2015 02:26 PM

This is a nice looking table and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-28-2015 04:57 PM

wonderful table!

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 03-28-2015 07:35 PM

The big smile on your face when the four legs hit the floor – Wow ! You hit this one out of the park…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 08:36 PM

I read the article in FWW and you have a done a beautiful job on the table. It looks great!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 03-28-2015 10:01 PM

That’s really a beautiful table. Wonderful build.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#11 posted 03-29-2015 03:11 AM

Yes I watched Mike P build this on FWW video and was taken with the leg design, I think you nailed it.

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#12 posted 09-22-2018 05:21 AM

Did you buy the written plans or go by the DVD? Great job. Looks amazing. Thinking about trying this myself

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#13 posted 09-22-2018 05:25 PM

See my post above dated 3/27/15

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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