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Project by MarkStewart posted 07-06-2016 06:56 PM 1180 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first furniture project.

Built from a single sheet of birch plywood and a douglas fir 2×10 from the home center.

This was also my first foray into wood joinery and I chose an odd corner joint for the base that i found photos of online. The joint is essentially an edge-lap joint into two intersecting open through tenons.

Additionally, I cut my own edge banding from the same 2×10.

I chose to make the rear skirt double the height of the front and sides. I will circle back and add on some cable management.

The corner joinery was cut on my bandsaw and I cut the half-lap joints for the stretchers by hand.

The mother in law chose a white enamel for the base and a “walnut” minwax stain for the top, which matches their decor rather nicely.

Next I’ll build them a cart for the printer(s) so they don’t have to use a kitchen chair.

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 07:21 PM

Very cool,

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#2 posted 07-06-2016 07:26 PM

Good looking table. I like that joint for the legs and skirt. I might have to use that at some point in the future (something I have said about everything I have ever seen)

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#3 posted 07-06-2016 10:30 PM

Yes, that IS an interesting joint. And I’ll bet it’s pretty sturdy too.

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 04:27 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome!
The joint is quite strong as far as load bearing goes, though I wouldn’t torque it too hard, especially in a soft wood like Doug fir.
Before installing the top I tested the frame with my weight by standing in the middle and lifting myself on the front and back skirt. Didn’t phase it one bit.

Cutting the joint is a breeze too, even with my wimpy little 1 speed 9 inch band saw.

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#5 posted 07-08-2016 05:36 PM

Great build, man! I’m going to have to steal those joints for one of my builds!

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