Kids' table and chairs

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Project by Javed Akhtar posted 09-07-2016 11:19 PM 939 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece and nephew (twins) just turned a year old, and I thought I’d make them a little table and a set of four chairs. The joinery is all mortise-and-tenon, including wedged, through mortise and tenons on the breadboard ends. If you’re keeping count, that’s 54 mortise-and-tenon joints, all cut with a drill press + chisel (mortises) and a band saw (tenons). Now I see the appeal of the Domino. Sadly I still can’t afford one.

The breadboard ends are glued only on the through tenon, leaving the ends to float freely and allow for wood movement, but with a tongue and groove to keep everything lined up correctly.

This is all made with locally harvested mountain hemlock that I came across through a friend, aside from the little wedges in the through tenons, which are all made from a little scrap of Indian rosewood. The finish is clear poly. I wanted soemthing extra durable and washable, as kids can be hard on furniture.

Maybe by the time they’re 30 they’ll appreciate the work that went into this. ;)

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 03:17 PM

Great looking table and chairs. They will sure use them a lot!!


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#2 posted 09-08-2016 05:07 PM

It’s always amazing to me how great skill makes the simplest things look so elegant. Really great work and I hope that I get to the point where I have builds that look as good as this. I’m sure the youngsters will have tons of fun playing/using the table and chairs!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 08:20 PM

This table and chair set is so nice. You did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Alexandre Lussier

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 11:56 PM

I took a look at your project gallery and you’re really talented and creative. I just got my domino xl700 today and it will be paid with a single project. I know it sound simple but I sell my stuff. I work hard and when it’s time to price, I never forget that if they wan’t me to make it, there is a reason. There is a great blog about selling your work on LJ. Read it buy tools! Cheers!

Good work! The kids will enjoy that for years!

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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