Small ash table (not TEAK Doh!)

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Project by Don Johnson posted 04-20-2018 12:03 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making a ‘Horizontal’ Magazine Rack – – to go beside my wife’s armchair, I decided to make a little table to go beside mine. It had to fit in quite a small space, so is rather taller than one with classic dimensions, being 18 in x 12 in x 15.5 in high (approx 46 cm x 30 cm x 40 cm).

I would have preferred to use oak to match the other items in the room, but as the table is discreetly tucked away I turned to some ash offcuts that had been given to me by a friend who makes enormous wood turnings – such as 3 ft diameter pillars, 20 ft high. A couple of the offcuts were just right to be sized down a little for the legs, and another thinner but wider piece was suitable for resawing in half, and putting though my planer/thicknesser to make four pieces to be glued together to make the top. I took the time to make some cauls covered with sellotape to prevent glue sticking, but then made things difficult for myself. I thought I would stop glue getting onto my tablesaw top by laying the boards on waxed paper, but that meant I had to put the clamps on from the top instead of placing the boards on upturned clamps – Doh! I won’t do that again!

Despite my struggles, the glue-up was OK, so I sliced another offcut in two and planed the parts to make the aprons. Having again put the first pairs of dominoes in the wrong faces when making another Breadbin for my daughter (like ) this time I was much more careful in marking the legs and aprons to show exactly where I had to cut the mortices. I used the 5mm size dominoes and managed to get all 16 in their correct positions without any errors – the Festool Domoino is a smart machine, but the operator does have to be just as smart!

For once, instead of jumping straight into glueing, I did follow the examples I see here on LJs and on YouTube by sanding everything before glueing the legs and aprons – with a band clamp – and it is certainly enables the production of a better result than trying to sand afterwards. Similarly, applying three coats of Danish Oil and finishing with Renaissance Wax was easier before final assembly. I had decided to use pocket holes to fix the top, and had drilled the holes in the end aprons prior to glue up, so attaching the top was easily accomplished.

The second picture shows the table in position beside a chest of drawers – – with my Surface computer, TV controls, spectacles and Daily Telegraph folded for access to the Cryptic Crossword, along with a coaster ready for my gin and tonic!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 07:35 PM

Why call it a Teak table when you used Ash?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 12:38 AM

Very Nice For Sure & Well Done Don!

Why call it a Teak table when you used Ash?

- Andre

He called it a “Small ash table” as in the Title Block.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Don Johnson

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 08:26 AM

Just to clarify, the original post title was ‘Small teak table’ – I can only claim advancing years and a continuing problem with names as an excuse.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 10:10 PM

Just to clarify, the original post title was Small teak table – I can only claim advancing years and a continuing problem with names as an excuse.

- Don Johnson

Thanks, I thought I was confused(before the first drink)? Ahhh yes the Golden years, when we have forgotten more than some of these young uns will ever know! LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 02:18 AM

You did a wonderful piece here

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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