Craftsman Side Table

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 07-04-2007 05:19 AM 4262 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the table from some plans in a American Woodworker magazine. I made it from flat sawn white oak. I wish that I had went ahead and used QS oak. It is a nice size table, and a good height for a living room or bedroom. I thought there would be only one real challenge to making this table, but there ended up being two. The plans called for a 1/8” groove in each leg with a 1/4” hole at each end. I broke two bits try to cut these. It did not seem to matter how small of a cut I took. I finally decide on a 1/4” groove with 3/8” square holes at each end. I think it looks just as good. The other was getting the leg support at the bottom to match up with eight 45 deg angles. I got these to come out with some test cuts, stop block, and a little work with a block plane. Great skill builder project. It was finished with Trans Tint brown dye, and a few coats of poly/oil.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#1 posted 07-04-2007 05:32 AM

A very nice table indeed. I really like the groove with the square at the end, more in keeping with the Mission style…. Also like the matched bottom shelf. Very nice work….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-04-2007 05:37 AM

Wow! Artistic woodworking at it’s finest. Great job Greg.

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

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#3 posted 07-04-2007 05:49 AM

Nice table. Especially like the detail and design of the lower shelf.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-04-2007 07:32 AM

Greg -

Great job! Very nice craftsmanship. I like the details and finish.


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#5 posted 07-04-2007 09:59 AM

Beautiful work, Greg. I really like A&C designs, and you have done this genre justice.

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

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#6 posted 07-04-2007 11:04 AM

Beautiful use of Oak. Very nice figure. Nice job on the finish also. Love the design, is it your own? jockmike

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2007 06:56 PM

Nice job. Are those tenons on the bottom shelf through tenons? I did not see a wedge, so I am wondering if they are held in place with glue or screws?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 07:18 PM

Wonderful work!

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

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 09:52 PM

Awesome job Greg. Very well executed! How did you join the lower shelf pieces? Biscuits?

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#10 posted 07-05-2007 12:49 AM

The tenons at the bottom are through tenons. The mortis was cut at the same angle as the legs. The tenon itself was a separate piece. I had to mortis out the lower shelf. Then cut the mortis in the leg. The tenon was glued into the lower shelf and then glued in place on the leg. All four sections of the lower shelf have a spline that holds them together. The spline was made from 1/4” hardboard.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-05-2007 03:43 PM

Very nice! Looks like with a little tweaking of proportions this would make a good stool design as well.

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

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#12 posted 07-05-2007 06:21 PM

I would have never thought of that, but you are right it would make a nice strudy stool.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#13 posted 07-06-2007 08:36 PM

Very nice! I really like the matching of the grain, specially the starburst pattern on the bottom shelf. Great Job!

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#14 posted 07-07-2007 02:29 AM

Great looking table.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 06-14-2008 03:16 PM

Very nice side table and attention to details.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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