Stickley #603 Small side table

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Project by edapp posted 09-17-2018 01:41 PM 1489 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this small table for my wife, who requested a table beside her rocking chair in the nursery. She will be spending a lot of time there with our newborn, and often in a dark room, so something the right height with enough surface area to easily place a drink, kindle, phone, and more was necessary.

As usual I started flipping through my Robert Lang collection and found this little stickley table that turned out perfect for our needs. 20” tall, 18” diameter top, and I knocked it out in only a couple of evenings by cheating on the joinery a bit.

Made a quick router jig for the circle top, used a spiral bit and it turned out great. Used coated screws for securing the stretchers and oak dowels to plug the screw holes. Minwax Golden Oak stain, with a single coat of gloss arm-r-seal.

The size and style of the table is very nice, works great in the nursery, wife is happy, and it was a nice easy project to knock out after laboring on our king size bed frame for two months.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 03:02 PM

That is beautiful. I usually like my Stickley stained darker but this works well!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 09-17-2018 04:29 PM

Quartered white oak is so nice. I need to get my hands on some. Nice work!

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#3 posted 09-17-2018 05:00 PM

It’s always rewarding to be able to make something functional that also looks good. Sticklley is one of my favorite designs and your table looks great.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 09-17-2018 06:23 PM

Thanks guys,

JADobson: I do too, but the simplicity of this finishing process really causes me to lean this way pretty frequently. The grain pops well and my wife prefers the lighter finish.

Jeremymcon: I almost exclusively use QSWO for projects in my home. I agree, it is beautiful, easy to work with, and around here is relatively affordable. Love it!

EarlS: I agree, and I think I could completely furnish my home with pieces out of Bob Lang’s “Shop Drawings” books. Actually…. I plan to!

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 08:41 PM

Ed, nice job! Hopefully, this will be an heirloom for the new addition to your family.

-- Art

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#6 posted 09-17-2018 09:58 PM

Well done.
Thumbs up.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 09-18-2018 01:18 AM

That came out very nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 09-18-2018 10:25 AM

Amazing grain !! Well done !!

-- Pat / Colorado

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#9 posted 09-18-2018 11:50 AM

You did a very nice job on this table and it displays a lot of nice craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-18-2018 12:28 PM

Very nice. I love these little tables. I made one for our study. Great job on this one…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#11 posted 09-18-2018 10:59 PM

Can’t go wrong with quarter-sawn material. Nice work.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#12 posted 10-03-2018 08:23 PM

Great design, love the oak grain so pretty.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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