Contemporary Table

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Project by MJCD posted 03-20-2018 12:22 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This side table (to a contemporary desk that I posted one to two months ago) represents a smaller-version of the desk – though, my wife thinks it’s large enough to be a desk, in-and-of itself – it measures 48” x 20”, x 30” high.

Similar to the desk, all joints are M&T (Domino) joints, and utilizes the same back leg form (repetition of form) as the desk – the front legs are a modified version to accommodate the shorter shelf support. The table top is supported both by the back legs and risers on the shelf. The front legs support the shelf, along with M&T joints in the back leg.

Where do I start…
The most instructive mistake is that I should have used a precise template for the back legs (in my world, I use both rough and precise templates, depending on what I’m making: Rocking Chair templates are rough, as there is significant sanding and shaping that remains once the general outline is cut. Precise templates are used when I’ll go to the router table to create exact copies). Using the rough template yields back legs that are not identical – I can see this when I see their rising arc splay-out from the decorative/functional spline, at the bottom of the back legs.

As with most of my work, Layout is at least 50% of the total build time: about 20 hours.

If I can address any questions, please let me know.

Everyone, Do Take Care.

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 01:13 PM

Nice. I like the way you married the natural form of the top with the contemporary legs.

-- Galootish log blog,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 01:47 PM

As great as the first one MJCD! I understand about having things match up like those arched legs. If I didn’t read what you said I would have never seen any difference! Your table looks Awesome to me! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-20-2018 06:14 PM

That’s a great looking table/desk! I like the curvy legs!

By the way, we all make mistakes, so just learn what you can from them and move on. No sense in losing sleep over them—besides, no one else is ever going to notice!

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2018 08:14 PM

This table is so nice and I love the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 12:25 AM

Don’t worry about the mistakes, every project has some kind of mistake. The fact is, you built a beautiful table, a real work of art. You should be very proud of such an accomplishment! Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 12:54 AM

I love this design. Something refreshingly different, yet the eye likes it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 02:44 AM

Thank you… ALL, for the very kind words.

Completing each project yields a bit of both relief and remorse – you don’t want to finish time-in-the-shop; yet, you want to finish the project. I keep a list of ‘things I could have done better’ after each project is completed; and while the lists are getting shorter, there remain important details and process changes to attend to.

I should have stated that the Table is finished with 2 coast Zinsser Seal Coat and one coat of Deft Interior Poly. The Seal Coat provides an excellent starter; and the poly is primarily for real-world protection.

I’ll be upgrading my shop in the near future, and am looking to implement both safety and efficiency changes.

Thanks, again.
Everyone, Do Take Care.

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