20 Minute table

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Project by tinnman65 posted 07-19-2010 01:19 AM 2673 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, why the 20 minute table, well with so many projects going around the house firewood, new roof, and building my daughters new bed I had no time for what I wanted to do. I found that I could find a few spare min. before or after work but it never seemed worth getting started when you would have to quit when things just got going, but what was worse for me was sitting around doing nothing when I knew I could be woodworking. I told my sister I would build her a little bed side table and had been putting it off, so I put myself to a challenge to start a project and spend no more than 20 min. on it at time on any given day even if I had more time just to prove a point to myself that I could still get something done if I just spent a little time on it every day. It kind of helped with the fact that I was under the gun to get my to get my daughters bed done before the room was painted and would be in the shop almost ever day anyway. It really is amazing how fast 20 min goes or is it just how slow I work, anyway after 24 sessions of 20 minutes or 8 hours I had the bulk of it done except for some of the inlay work on the legs, by now the bed was done and I cracked so truth be told I just spent a good weekend finishing up the inlay and putting a finish on it and this is the end result. It was a true test of patience to stop after 20 min even when I really didn’t need to, but I did prove a point to myself that I can get something done when I think I don’t have any time to work. The legs were made from leftover flooring and the aprons from scrap Mahogany that a friend gave me, there was maple and mahogany veneer used on the top and just maple veneer for the feet. I used triangles on the legs instead of bell flowers because of the triangle weave pattern on the top and the triangles on the banding.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 01:32 AM

Pretty good progress in such short work periods.

I can scarcely get the car moved out and the worktable set up, move the debris off the tablesaw and settle down to work before twenty minutes is gone.

Nice inlay work, too, Paul!


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#2 posted 07-19-2010 01:35 AM

Beautiful table. The concept is solid… take a big project (of any kind) and break it down into small segments. You will get it done.

Great design, inlay and finish.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 01:44 AM

That is a very impressive table. I can hardly get stared in 20 min. Are you sure you don’t have some shop elves.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 01:47 AM

It takes me 20 minutes to find my table saw Nice job…..............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 01:50 AM

Very, very impressive. I am impressed by your attention to detail and your time constraints.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 02:01 AM

Very nice table. Nice inlay work. Heck, I take 20 min just to line everything up. Great use of time.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 02:19 AM

I spend 20 minutes just sitting in front of the fan to cool off. What a great looking table, where’s the stone top? LOL. Really, you did a great job on this.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 02:19 AM

well done ,
and for the spurts you put into it ,
and being able to start/stop it like that ,

is admirable .

it looks beautiful !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 03:23 AM

I have that marble in the shop Dan, just waiting for a good home to rest on, probably one of the next projects.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 03:46 AM

Well done table.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#11 posted 07-19-2010 05:15 AM

Lately, I can not find the time I want to spend in the shop, maybe I should try your 20 minute rule. Great looking table.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#12 posted 07-19-2010 08:01 AM

great table I wish I could do inlay work like that not to mention your 20 minute rule. Heck I would need the 20 jsut to figure our were I left of yesterday lol….

-- Duane, Ohio

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#13 posted 07-19-2010 12:56 PM

Very Nice! I love the 20 minute concept – maybe a way to work on a few of those things my wife wants done. The cobblers kids have no shoes.

-- If at first you don't succeed, save the pieces for a smaller project ~

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 12:34 AM

Cool now thats a concept we can all relate too…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 07-20-2010 06:20 PM

I feel the same way about not having enough time to do anything and then sitting idle. I usually spend an hour or two figuring out where the hell I left off and then getting 20 minutes worth of production. My sister also wants a bookshelf of some sort. I may have to try your 20 minute challenge.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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