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Project by PHXRob posted 11-01-2016 06:59 PM 1174 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello -

I’m new to the site but thought I’d post my very first completed project. The legs were purchased from Osbourne Wood Products, but the top is hand joined 6/4 red oak. Aprons and stretchers also cut from red oak. Mortise and tenon construction by hand, cut with Narex mortise chisels and beech mallet. Table top joined with hand planes. Finish is a Minwax stain and semi-gloss poly. There are a few spots where the tolerances aren’t as tight as I’d like, but there is always next time.

-- "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson





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#1 posted 11-01-2016 07:05 PM

Very nice

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 08:13 PM

You did a fine job on this table—it looks great!

Welcome aboard!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 09:14 PM

Very nice table, congrats !

-- 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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#4 posted 11-01-2016 09:32 PM

well not a bad intro,thats a nice job you did on that table,some here will scoff at the store bought legs bur i say nothing wrong with it,so let me say welcome and keep em coming.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 09:48 PM

Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.

-- "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson

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#6 posted 11-01-2016 09:50 PM



well not a bad intro,thats a nice job you did on that table,some here will scoff at the store bought legs bur i say nothing wrong with it,so let me say welcome and keep em coming.

- pottz

Yeah, I don’t have a lathe…and it really boiled down to time. Would have liked to make them myself – another tool to add to the Christmas list :)

-- "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson

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shakespeare

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#7 posted 11-02-2016 12:47 PM

Nice first project. Hand planed top and hand cut dowels are a nice touch, and will bind you to the table for more than if you ran it through a planer and used a mortise; it is far more satisfying in the end.

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#8 posted 11-02-2016 01:32 PM

Love it! Welcome to the site and welcome to the craft.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#9 posted 11-02-2016 01:39 PM

very nice table …..... and you cant go wrong with red oak …....... welcome 2 LJ’s …......GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 11-02-2016 03:14 PM

This is a very nice table. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 11-02-2016 03:34 PM

Are you sure this is your first project? Looks great!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#12 posted 11-02-2016 03:49 PM

+1 ravensrock, looks too good to be the first.
Nice work!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#13 posted 11-02-2016 05:12 PM

Raven and Old Novice: thank you kindly. It is the first, and I am hooked. Not so sure the neighbors liked me chiseling mortises at 7AM on a Saturday, but I thought it was fantastic. All it took was reading ‘Moxen”, a hundred you tube videos by Paul Sellers, 15 episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop”, and more than a few pieces of practice wood.

-- "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson

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#14 posted 11-03-2016 09:53 AM

Nice work on your first table.

I too wondered about being the first, so I went looking for my first Table, looks like I never posted it
so here is a shot.

Made in Jun Jul 2011 The tables have similar features, I bought the legs but the top is also joined similar to yours.

The inlay is hand made and inserted.

Funny story.

About the legs, went to the growers markets to buy vegies, came home with a bundle of legs from a stall, had to go back later for the vegies which was what I was supposed to buy !

Just goes to show first up projects can generate some “You didnt make that” thoughts

Congratulations on the DT3 award well deserved!!

-- Regards Rob

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