My second Table (College)

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Project by Junior posted 01-05-2007 03:19 AM 2097 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second table I made, but my first in college. I thought it would be a easy as my first table, but they wanted it done so much different such as different joints and they were very keen on my having very accurate cuts. This table was made out of solid Quarter-sawn White Oak. I haven’t stained this one yet because I haven’t decieded what color to stain it.

-- Ryan "Junior" Desnoyers

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#1 posted 01-05-2007 02:08 PM

Junior, nice table. It has a strong Shaker influence. How would you describe the table? It looks like a hall table, or perhaps a sofa table. Can you tell us about the joinery and give us more detail about the “accuracy” issue?

When your age, I wish I had learned about woodworking as you.

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

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#2 posted 01-05-2007 09:49 PM

Quater sawn? I don’t see any fleck. Maybe it’s the lighting or it just doesn’t show in the picture because you haven’t finished it yet? If it had a lot of visible fleck, I would just give it a nice coat of poly. But, then I like the natural look in wood. Did you use mortise and tendon joints on the aprons? What is the main construction difference between this one and the one you made in high school?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 01-05-2007 10:40 PM

I’m sure your table is rift sawn. It leaves long grain and adds interest to common oak. It is beautiful work. I worked at a shop that built a kitchen out of rift sawn white oak. The home owner wanted 1/4 sawn but the lumber salesman didn’t know the difference…any way the home owner loved it. It is beautiful.

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#4 posted 01-06-2007 12:48 AM

About the accuracy issue; in highschool they weren’t very concerned with the accuracy because we were just starting out. But when I built this table they are trying to preparing us for the working field so they wanted it to be dead-on with 1/32 leway. This table I will either use it as a hall table or a table at the end of my parents bed. I used mortise and tenons for the front and beack aprons and dowels for the side aprons. The main construction difference between the college table and the highschool table is obveiously the wood type, I used all mortise and tenons in highschool, in highschool the legs were tapered on all four sides where as in college the legs were only tapered on the inside. There is a little ray fleck on the front of the table top but I dont think it is visible from the angle I took the picture from. Thank you for your suggestion on the stain. and I thank all of you for your coments and thoughts.

-- Ryan "Junior" Desnoyers

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#5 posted 01-08-2007 01:44 PM

Both tables are beautiful. A quick question about your college experience. I’m assuming the course was at Mohawk. What did you think of the course? I might just have to sign up.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-08-2007 11:40 PM

About the course: I am currently taking the Industrial Woodworing Techniques (Cabinetmaking) course. I have just started my second semester and i love it so far. In first semester we were taught in hand tools, how to identify different types of wood, and machining 1 which is the class we built the table in. We are currently woking on cabinet construction, joinery and fasteners, amd furniture design. Overall i think this course is a great one for any new or amateur woodworker.

-- Ryan "Junior" Desnoyers

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#7 posted 08-28-2007 02:35 PM

Just a great piece of woodworking Junior. Thanks for sharing it with us. Great table!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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