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Dovetails Galore! Maple Table/Desk

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Project by mdzehr posted 07-04-2019 09:30 AM 1049 views 3 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Table/Desk was one that I had the extreme pleasure of helping a young friend of mine make who wanted to learn more about woodworking. He wasn’t the only one who learned on this project. It required more jigs than I can remember needing to make for a project.

It was a joint challenge with half-blind dovetails on the legs, sliding dovetails on the braces, compound angle mortise and tenon joints on the stretchers, and bisecting angle joints on the bottom of the legs.

Cutting the joints into the butcher block table top was nerve wrecking because there was no room for error and no turning back once we started.

Finish was Sherwin Williams PreCat Lacquer. Had a beautiful day outside to spray it. Kind of felt like a shade tree carpenter.

Here is more detail about the build:
I used patterns for each of the leg types and the stretcher, using a pattern bit to finish each to be the same

Several jigs were used in the process…one to cut the dovetail in the brace leg

One to cut the angles on the bottoms of the legs (no comments from the safety police please, some of the clamps were removed for photo taking)

One to rout the sliding dovetails and another one to rout the half-blind dovetails

Here is a shot of the leg assemblies prior to glue-up note that I used biscuits to help join the leg and brace leg

Here’s the glue-up in process (please ignore the messy shop in the background it isn’t always like this usually it’s much worse)

Here it is installed:

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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mikeacg

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#1 posted 07-04-2019 10:35 AM

Amazing! Where did the design come from?
Above my pay-grade for sure! I’d love to see more shots of the leg connections if you have them…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 07-04-2019 10:36 AM

Well done

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mdzehr

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#3 posted 07-04-2019 10:45 AM

Thanks Mike. I will try to get some pictures of the joints for you. It was a collaborative design project between my friend, his brother and me. I drew it up in Fusion 360 and it was simple to make changes to the 3D model as they were suggested.


Amazing! Where did the design come from?
Above my pay-grade for sure! I d love to see more shots of the leg connections if you have them…

- mikeacg


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 07-04-2019 10:45 AM

Thanks!


Well done

- Redoak49


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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BrianHurstWW

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#5 posted 07-04-2019 11:11 AM

Angles and dovetails! It’s a beautiful piece!

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 07-04-2019 11:21 AM

Thanks Brian. It was a piece for Daniel Miller from church. You may know him.


Angles and dovetails! It s a beautiful piece!

- BrianHurstWW


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 07-04-2019 11:39 AM

WOW !!
What a concept, Ultra modern ? That is a piece of furniture that I can only dream of duplicating.
Absolutely beautiful, congrats on the build and T3

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 07-04-2019 11:50 AM

Thanks Dick! It was a blast building it.


WOW !!
What a concept, Ultra modern ? That is a piece of furniture that I can only dream of duplicating.
Absolutely beautiful, congrats on the build and T3

- recycle1943


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Hazem

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#9 posted 07-04-2019 12:12 PM

That’s a hell of project for any woodworker, let alone a rookie. Well done.

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 07-04-2019 12:26 PM

Thanks Hazem!


That s a hell of project for any woodworker, let alone a rookie. Well done.

- Hazem


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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torus

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#11 posted 07-04-2019 12:30 PM

It will be central point of view in any room!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 07-04-2019 01:13 PM

i see your not only a master on the lathe BUT a master shade tree carpenter also a very beautiful table sure to be a family heirloom GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mdzehr

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#13 posted 07-04-2019 01:14 PM

Thanks Torus!


It will be central point of view in any room!

- torus


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 07-04-2019 01:15 PM

Thanks Tony! We still have to get together sometime. I’d love to see your work up close.


i see your not only a master on the lathe BUT a master shade tree carpenter also a very beautiful table sure to be a family heirloom GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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lew

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#15 posted 07-04-2019 01:19 PM

Absolutely Awesome!

Congrats on the Daily Top 3, too!

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

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