Thorsen Table

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Project by Paul posted 05-20-2007 02:51 AM 3246 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple of goals for my table entry.

1. I wanted to use reclaimed oak and left overs from previous projects. I did (see blog)thus, red oak and walnut.

2. Although I’m a big fan of how “substantial” mission/arts & crafts furniture (see my other projects), I wanted to experiment and try to make my Greene Thorsen table feel “lighter.”

So, I made the top out of 1/2’ stock with 3/4” breadboards. I downsized the legs to 1” sqare sticks. I also added a reverse cloud lift on the tops of the aprons. I then attached the top to the table with four small walnut dowels – leaving a gap and elevating the top 1/4”. My goal was to give the impression of a floating top.

I went with walnut appliques that are downsized imitations of the cut outs. On one, I imitated the negative space. On the other. the positive space. I did this on purpose but I probably should have been consistent. But further, I think the full size cut-outs would have been a better choice and would have helped it feel lighter. Or perhaps the aprons needed to be downsized in width as well. If feels a bit top heavy to me.

When I downsized the leg t & w, I didn’t change the mortise and tenon joinery. Dowels or bisquits would have been a better choice. There wasn’t much left to glue the tenons into.

I finished the piece with Minwax Golden Pecan Oil Stain and three coats of brushed Deft laquer. I need to rub out the finish some more, but here it is – my entry.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 05-20-2007 03:15 AM

Your table turned out exquisite! Love the color and design.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 05-20-2007 03:25 AM

Another great table! I hope my skills get to a point that I can comfortably participate in one of these challenges. Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-20-2007 03:27 AM

I really like the floating top. I looked at the pictures before reading your post and thought cool. A floating top. I then read your post and realized you had succeeded in your design goal. I also like the contrasting detail of the walnut inlay.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 05-20-2007 04:24 AM

Ditto what Wayne said…I noticed how much lighter and airy your table looked before reading the explanation. Beautiful detailing.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 04:30 AM

Paul, I agree that the Thorsen Table’s aprons are too wide. To my eyes the top just looks too chunky. I think it’s well within the spirit of the rules to re-interpret the original design, and your floating top does just that. It’s a great looking table.

Good luck!

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

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 04:35 AM

This is one of my favorites. It will be interesting to see the rest as they get posted.

I was really hoping someone was going to do a table with an inlay or carving that matches the lumberjock logo. I think we are running out of time for that.

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

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#7 posted 05-20-2007 05:53 AM

What a table my friend! This is just fantastic woodworking art.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 05-20-2007 06:42 AM

Very nice! Beautiful table.


-- David

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#9 posted 05-20-2007 11:52 AM

this is great – the floating top is super as is the walnut.
I’ll second/third the comments re: size of aprons.

Beautiful table. Well done

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

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#10 posted 05-20-2007 12:26 PM

Hi Paul;
—-this is a great table of ‘wood art’ that you have so stood before us here!

I like how you planned and then were able to use ‘reclaimed’ and ‘leftovers’ of fine wood.
I also like the ‘floating table top’ that you have designed and incorporated into your table….as your ‘impression’ has become an ‘accession’!

I also don’t meet many who brush lacquer, what if any are your insights into this finish?

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#11 posted 05-20-2007 08:10 PM

Very nice looking table, Paul. Good luck in the running. mike

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

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#12 posted 05-20-2007 08:19 PM

Paul, looks better then great. I wish I had some old oak like that taking up space in my soon to be shop/hide-away. johnt

-- jft

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#13 posted 05-21-2007 05:38 AM

Beautiful piece of woodworking Paul! You far exceeded your goals. Just wonderful.

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

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#14 posted 05-21-2007 04:33 PM

Beautiful both in design and execution!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 05-21-2007 04:36 PM

Great Design. Thanks for stating your reasons for your design also.

-- 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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