Side Table

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Project by Tomoose posted 08-08-2010 02:59 AM 2190 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this from plans out of “Fine-Popular-Wood-Smith-Handyman” Magazine – can’t recall which it was. First try at mortise and tennon joinery, using drill press, chislels, and dados on the table saw. Rough cut the circle top with the jigsaw and then finished it with a jig on the disc sander – worked pretty slick once it was set up. The whole thing is Poplar to keep it cheap (and to keep me from destroying actual wood), then just stained different colors to add some interest. The top is attached with those desktop deals from Woodcraft. Legs are finished with satin poly and then some gloss on the top.

Thanks for looking!

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 04:32 AM

I like it : ) Thanks for keeping me guessing at to what species you used : ) Hahaha

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 05:13 AM

I like it! Simple but elegant. Good job on the stain. I could’ve sworn it was walnut and cherry at first glance.

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 05:59 AM

you made that poplar look really good. well done. I like the idea of using less expensive wood to practice different joints and set ups… but then when you are finished have you ever asked yourself… gee, now I wish I would have done this in cherry, walnut, maple, whatever… ?

I like the style…

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

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 06:15 AM

Hey Tomoose,

What stain did you use for the legs? Nice!

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 12:50 PM

Nice looking table. Good job on the finish. I remember seeing this table in one of the WW magazines that you mentions and wanted to build it. Seeing yours in a reminder that I need to dig out the plans and build one.

-- Tom, Grove City, Ohio

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 02:27 PM

Wow, I’d have guessed oak on the top and either stained pine or cherry for the rest. I like the the simple design.

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 04:28 PM

Wow! Thats really great. Great job on making Poplar a real wood.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 06:24 PM

Nice job! Best casual table I have found. I made the same table from different wood and have used the leg pattern for several other items including a steam radiator cover. Easy to build, great looking and goes with everything. Used to do the mortise and tennon it calls for then when I got my Domino got lazy and used that instead. Also made the top from a Shaker Tray that I made and the legs are like they were made for it. Glad you reminded me of the plan.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 11:15 PM

Nice table. I have always liked these little taboret tables. I think one or two of these are on my future projects list.

Nice work!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 10:53 AM

Nice table and I’m impressed with the very nice finish you got on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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