Wonderfully Grained Handkerchief Table

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Project by Alongiron posted 12-31-2015 06:10 PM 1611 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was wanting a Handkerchief table like I had made a couple years ago for a charity auction. I had some time over the Christmas holiday to get one completed for her. I had some rough sawn QSWO left over from another project and it turned out better than I expected. The pictures do not do it justice as to the grain of the wood. I sanded it down to 400 grit; finished with a “Dark Walnut” danish oil, and 3 coats of tongue oil lightly sanding with the local newspaper in between and finished off with a coat of wax. The gate leg turned out perfectly square so when the table is open it is nice and flat. The legs were tapered square on the inside edges of all legs down to 7/8” from 1-1/2 down 4” from the top of the leg. The top itself is about 24” square. The top is held on with come clips that I made that slide into a slot in the rails to allow it to move. Standard drop leaf hinges from Rockler were used by setting them into the underside of the top recessed into both pieces first routing out for the barrel.

I hope you like it as much as my wife!!

Happy New Year!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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Vincent Nocito

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 06:53 PM

Really well done. Love the figure on the wood.

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 07:11 PM

Very nice, Steve. I’ve been wanting forever to make a gate-fold table, myownbadself.
About your newspaper burnishing technique: Brown paper bag does a good job, without ink. In case you ever find ink to be an issue.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 07:35 PM

Great work, If the pictures don’t do it justice I’m on my way over to see it. I think this is awesome! Love the wood grain and design. A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 08:40 PM

Steve, you are way, way out of my league. That table is awesome!!!!

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-31-2015 10:57 PM

Outstanding table

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 11:36 PM

Steve, you certainly have been busy lately. That is some of the most extreme figure I have ever seen. Your table does a great job of displaying it. Anyhow, that is one beautiful table.

-- Art

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#7 posted 01-01-2016 12:55 AM

Pretty sure I have never seen qswo with such wide and frequent display of grain. Your table is totally awesome and will surely become an heirloom. It could be possible for me to like it more than your wife does . . . .

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 01-01-2016 05:04 AM

Yes the grain pattern is fantastic.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 01-01-2016 02:02 PM

That is an outstanding piece of wood. The craftsmanship is excellent as well. It comes together in a very sweet piece. Wonderful work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 01-01-2016 03:01 PM

nice table

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#11 posted 01-01-2016 04:15 PM

Beautiful table, nicely executed and awesome grain in the wood.

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#12 posted 01-01-2016 05:17 PM

You did a fine job on this corner table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 01-01-2016 09:46 PM

Well done Steve, I agree with you – that grain is magnificent! Happy New Year!

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

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