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My latest project was to make a set of end tables based on my Thorsen Table entry. These are mission style tables, with a simple design. There is no drawers or bottom shelf (thus less dusting).

These tables are made of Red Oak, and finished with three polyurethane (no stain involved).

The aprons, stretchers, and spindles are all attached using the Festool Domino tenons.

The tops are 16 inches square, while the base is 14 inches square.

I elected to go for little overhang on the table tops, since these would be placed next to a sofa that has the built in recliner leg supports. This allows the table to be close to the sofa, but out enough to allow someone to open the leg support latch.

Overall, the Domino allowed me to do the tenons much easier than on my last table. I still am learning how to use it, but it has been a great purchase.

And, wiping on the varnish allowed me to get a great looking finish without the usual runs and such. It is a bit more work than using a brush, but much better results.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 07-24-2007 07:50 PM

Great looking tables Bill I don’t care what Karson said. I think you did a great job. jockmike. aka(troublemaker)

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

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#2 posted 07-24-2007 08:05 PM

Thanks for all of the details Bill. These are nice looking tables. The third picture also answers the question about the top mounting method. Nice finish. What was your final sanding grit?

-- John

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#3 posted 07-24-2007 08:09 PM

Thanks for the comments. A few more tables like these and the Domino will have paid for itself. Right now, the quality improvements and ease of build are worth the cost.

I typically sand with 100, 150, and 220 grits for my work. Then I use three or more coats of finish for the work. I will sand the finish with steel wool as needed. I can get a smooth finish with just these things. Of course, if I go to spraying the finish, I could probably get even better results. But, that is a future item.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 07-24-2007 09:42 PM

I hear ya on the Domino (Lucille.) It makes very short work of a table like that. The speed, repeatable joint, and ease of use make it shine on a project such as that. Great job, by the way. Really a nice piece!

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

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#5 posted 07-25-2007 01:06 AM

Nice work, Bill. Get behind me, Domino!

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2007 01:35 AM

”A few more tables like these and the Domino will have paid for itself”

Ha ha, does your wife read your blog, Bill?

Funny how we try to justify ourselves for the toys… err I mean “tools” we absolutely need to buy… Nice job with these tables though.

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#7 posted 07-25-2007 02:59 AM

Bill, great looking tables. Red Oak is the wood of choice in my shop. Question, did you use the domino to glue up the panels for your tops?
Just a tip. Don’t put off spraying your finishes too long. Once you spray you won’t want to finish any other way. I mostly spray precat lacquer from sw but occasionally need to spray the poly as well. I spray both straight from the can with no reduction. I reserve the poly for table and dresser/bureau tops where the durability is required.


-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry.

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#8 posted 07-25-2007 03:52 AM

Great Bill:

I didn’t say anything about you behind your back.. It was JockMike2 that said those nasty things, even though I told him you were the best.

-- 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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#9 posted 07-25-2007 04:08 AM

Very nice Bill. Now just how did you convince the wife the domino was necessary?

-- Bob

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#10 posted 07-25-2007 09:55 AM

Great job Bill. I guess I’ll have to put the Domino on my list of things I “need”. I’ve been kicking around the spray on finishes for awhile. i guess I’ll add one of those to the list too. Can’t wait until I can retire (2 more years) and i can start using all these toys.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 07-25-2007 04:42 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. Since I am not married, I only had to convince myself that the Domino was worth it. Since this is a tool for my business, I look at how much time it saves, how much it improves my quality, and how much easier it makes things. So far, it has been worth the purchase, and should pay for itself in a few more projects.

I forgot to mention that I did use it for the table tops as well Between jointing the edges and the Domino, the tabletop fit was my best yet. I was particularly pleased with how the tops came out. I was even able to match the grain patterns nicely when alternating the grains up and down on the tops.

It is not perfect, but the best yet.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 07-25-2007 08:29 PM

Nice job on the tables. The finish looks great too.

You gotta love those “floating tenons.” I’m hoping that Mot and others are going to get tired of “taking the lazy way out” on cutting mortise and tenon joints, and sell their Domino to me.

Maybe that Domino will come down in price some day like biscuit joiners have.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 07-26-2007 01:02 AM

Nice work Bill. Maybe some day I will be able to make furniture with the quality look and style so many Jocks have posted. I guess I need to find out what a domino is?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#14 posted 07-26-2007 01:05 AM

Nice job, Bill

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#15 posted 07-26-2007 09:07 AM

Awesome looking tables, Bill.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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