Scrap wood table

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Project by Oldtool posted 07-03-2017 11:32 PM 1372 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make this table from lumber targeted for the fire pit, not any good for fine furniture but OK for an outdoor table for use at the fire pit. I’ve had this wood for several years, full of checks, knots, wane & sap wood, no large usable sections, only short sections of clear wood between the defects. I described this in a prior project where I used the remainder of the good boards for a chest on chest.

I was in between projects, bored and needing time in the shop. This table design was selected to permit the use of hand tools and methods not used for previous projects. Additionally, I wanted to get in some lathe time, therefore the turned legs. The drop leaves are held up by rotating supports mounted on 3/8” dowels, the legs were cut at a 120 deg. to accommodate the apron tenons.

Once I got started on this, it occurred to me I’ve never made a chair or had the opportunity to insert leg tenons through a chair seat on an angle, so I used some other scrap wood to make myself a shop stool:

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 07-04-2017 02:46 AM

I like the stool, real similar to the milking stool I made for a friend
REALLY like the table BUT
I LOVE the clamp adaptation – with that kind of engineering there’s no way you can be stopped
Great job all around !

-- 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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Daniel Solowiej

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#2 posted 07-04-2017 02:59 PM

I must to say that your clamp system, it’s the very most effective and versatile of all in the history (usually using a branch instead of a Irwin clamp). Love the table, it’s really nice designed. The stool is the perfect symbol of a woodworker seat. Amazing and cute idea !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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#3 posted 07-04-2017 05:26 PM

Great job on the table. It’s amazing what a woodworker can come up with when they let their imaginations run wild sometimes.

I noticed your HF lathe. I bought one just like in about 1990 and paid $90 bucks for it. Mine is black and has turned several 1000 table and kitchen island legs. The only thing I’ve done to it since 1990 is put a new belt on it and a new switch, and I used a house light switch to do that.

I’m going to do a show and tell on it with my duplicator that I had made for it in about 1994. I wouldn’t trade that lathe for anything and I still use it to turn island legs with.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 07-04-2017 06:00 PM

Recycle, never thought about it being a milking stool, guess now I need to get a cow.

Daniel, thanks for the complements, and regarding the clamp, thought about a stick to twist the rope, but this was easier.

bruc, I bought my HF lathe in about 2009, on a whim because I had a coupon for about $90 so I figured what the heck, good way to try turning, no loss if I didn’t continue. Since then, i’ve enjoyed using it, and the way i see it, it’s a step up from a treadle lathe, which Roy Underhill uses.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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