Whimsical Bear Table

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Project by dustyal posted 10-28-2010 07:33 PM 2225 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Mason Dixon Woodworker’s held another of it’s fun weekend workshops. We got together and made this whimsical bear table. I cannot recall where the original plans came from. One of our members headed the workshop and he has made several… and he supplied the plastic eyes.

Made from construction lumber, it is 24” high and the top is 20” in diameter. I painted mine with one coat of milk paint as something I wanted to try. I did two coats of water based poly for protection on the table top. Of course everyone did their own thing as to finishes – paint schemes. So each is unique, original.

Lessons Learned: The better you are at the bandsaw, the less time you will need to spend at the oscillating sander. I think I am now expert at the oscillating sanders. Seriously, this was my first significant work with a bandsaw… every time we have one of these workshops, I develop a new skill. The oscillating sander skill was a freebie. My free hand circle cutting wasn’t so great… so, I tried out a bandsaw circle cutting jig. Cool.

Also, as you can expect, the boards were not flat… a little time going through the drum sander helped.

SURPRISE: Set him on the floor and the top is level… never ceases to amaze me.

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

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 07:37 PM

Nice job Al, it’s aways good to learn new skills

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 08:22 PM

Great Job! and you learned new skills…awesome!
I am afraid of the band saw,I don`t own one but my dad does and I won`t touch it.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 10:18 PM

Very cute table which appears to be nicely sawed and sanded.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 10:20 PM

This is a nice little table. My sister in law would like one of these to go at their river cabin.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 01:54 AM

Al Cool. Charlie Arbagast has painted his as a Panda Bear. That’s how I plan to paint mine also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 02:05 AM

yeah, saw Charlie’s. His looks good. I suspect this will undergo future change. Wife saw the first coat of white and said stop… she liked it like that. So, who am I to keep working at it… so I quit. The customer is always right.

BTW: The plan is available at

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

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 03:08 AM

I heard about these from Pat.

Really neat idea!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 06:37 AM

Great little table!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 10:23 PM

I like that little guy. I should go nicely with the teddy bear rocker.

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 10:28 PM

Cool project! Looks great and really fun for the kids, Very cool…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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