A Pair of Side Tables

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Project by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 08-31-2018 11:19 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These Tables were a blast to build and overall not too hard. They are held together with mortise and tenon joints for the top and bottom aprons. The top and bottom shelves are held down with wood buttons into 3/8” grooves on the inside of the Aprons. All of the lumber is from one tree I milled a while back – I was able to get these tables and have a lot of boards left over.

I cut all of the tenons by hand and all of the mortises with my plunge router. I realized how ‘just okay’ my shopmade mortise jig is for my plunge router. When I get done with my current build – a beautiful Roubo Bench, I may just make a really nice mortise jig.

The tables are finished off with probably about 5 or 6 coats of Pre-Cat Lacquer – all sprayed on – with a proper big box store air compressor spray gun. I would like an HVLP set up, but this $40 gun is working for now.

Hope you enjoy the tables – the boss approved and now I am caught up on her wish list! These tables finished out the room that she wanted to decorate! Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 02:04 AM

A nice pair of tables. Well done.

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#2 posted 09-01-2018 04:31 PM

I like these tables a lot guy. Yes they are a simple design that has been around since people cut wood to make furniture. A design that serves the purpose and still is great. I myself usually use Biscuit joints but appreciate other using fancy joinery. Mortise and tenon are far superior in strength. However, these tables will see a few lamps, and a drink or two for the most part. Nice looking work. Plus I love when the wood comes from your land.

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#3 posted 09-02-2018 11:24 PM

Thanks so much for the comments!

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