Side table Plant Stand thing

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Project by Ted78 posted 07-06-2018 06:45 AM 940 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fold up side table or plant stand thing losely copied from an antique I saw somewhere. All reclaimed lumber. The top is glued up from some oak scraps, I made good use of the gap bed feature on my old Delta Rockwell 16-111 lathe. The legs are mystery wood form a crate or something. The stretchers are mortised into the legs. I didn’t think much about grain orientation when designing it and learned chopping a mortise carefully laid out to match the width of your chisel, doesn’t work so well when it’s oriented the wrong way across the grain. I tapered the legs in one direction. If I were to make another one I think I would omit that step or also taper the outside face of the legs and not just the two sides of each leg. As is, I looks like it can’t decide between being a bold, stout, square legged Craftsman kind of table or a more elegant tapered leg table. I wiped on a bit of boiled linseed oil, and also rubbed some beeswax into tabletop while on the lathe. Finishing isn’t my favorite part of woodworking so I tend to go with what is easy and quick and hard to mess up.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 07-06-2018 04:11 PM

This is a very nice plant stand.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 05:18 PM

COOL “by the seat of the pants” project! LOL!

Looks like, with the top removed, you can pull out the Leg Center Plugs, and just take it apart…
Or leave the plugs in and just fold it shut… YES?? / NO??

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 05:42 PM

Thanks. It does folds up nicely. Kind of a sideways director’s chair. You could pull the center leg plugs out but the two (frames? I guess you’d call them) would still be intertwined. One frame is stuck inside the other frame.

-- Ted

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#4 posted 07-07-2018 01:23 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Ted!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 10:51 PM

Clever design… One could make the top slightly larger for a good sized two person coffee table…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 07-08-2018 12:34 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- Ted

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