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Parsons table, parsons 2.0 and a bow saw

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Project by oipej posted 10-06-2010 12:46 PM 3764 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our parsons table in oak and walnut. First of all: the walnut inlay is here NOT to hide poor glueing. The glueing was pretty decent… but the customers wanted the inlay.
As you may notice the table is made against the rules. There is not any place for the tabletop to change its dimensions. When the humidity changes it has a signifficant chance to crack. The people who comissioned the table were informed about this but they didn’t mind. As the design is a bit rustic it will still look good with cracks and some people will even say that it gained more ‘soul’.
Nevertheless we thought about the way to upgrade the ultra simple design of parsons table to allow the tabletop movement. Our idea can be seen on the drawings – tabletop is connected to the frame using a sliding tenon. The tabletop and the frame are not glued – they are connected with a dowel in the way that doesn’t interupt the wood movement (the last picture shows the tabletop before doweling). What do you think about the idea?
And there is our new bow saw on one of the pictures. Made of pear.
Keep visiting our profile because in a month or two we are going to upload something special here.





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workerinwood

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 01:41 PM

Beautiful table!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 01:42 PM

Hi Oipej,

Nice table, but can you tell us where you placed the dowel exactly? Does it go through the middle of the end frame into the tenon of the top to hold it centrally in the frame while still allowing the top to expand across its width?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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oipej

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 02:53 PM

Brit: I didn’t use the dowel in this table. The dowel SHOULD be used in a ‘parsons 2.0’ that has never been built and may only be seen in the drawings that I included. The only difference between the table we made and the drawings is the way how the tabletop was connected to the frame. The drawings show the way it should be done to avoid problems that will occur in my table (= cracks caused by not leaving space for seasonal dimension changes of wood). And the dowel should be placed exacly the way you said. And as you can see the table on the photos lacks this solution.

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 02:57 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 10-06-2010 04:44 PM

Neat table! Walnut and Oak go great together. What did you use to stain it with?

-- GX

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#6 posted 10-06-2010 06:17 PM

GabrielX: No stain here, if you asked about colouring the wood. It’s pure linseed oil.
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