My first piece of furniture!

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Project by RobbyJoe posted 03-30-2020 11:15 PM 621 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello! I’m new to what I’d call “Finer” woodworking, having done lots of “garage grade” projects like shelves, basic workbenches, etc. I made a few mistakes, one of them major (I’ll just call it out… During final assembly, I flipped one of the leg assemblies 180-degrees, so one side of the tables legs have tapers that go the wrong direction). Argh!!!

I made this table out of Doug Fir, mostly because as my first attempt at making a table, I wanted to use cheap wood to minimize the expense of my “learning opportunities”. ????

Anyway, it just has a seal-coat of shellac (1#) right now. Joints are dowel-jointed with Tite-Bond III glue, sanded to 180. I drew up the design after getting inspiration from several pics on Google. I’m happy (and humbled) with my first attempt. I learned a lot, and more exciting, I really caught the bug! A second mortgage for more tools is a sound financial decision, right? ????

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#1 posted 03-30-2020 11:23 PM

Wow, that turned out really nice. I like the design too

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#2 posted 03-31-2020 01:39 AM

Looks great and nobody will notice but you if you don’t point it out. Most woodworkers seem to have a proclivity to doing just that though, especially when sitting around with a beverage or two. :)

-- Darrel

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#3 posted 03-31-2020 02:12 AM

love it nice deign,the mistake is how we learn,been there done it many times.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 03-31-2020 03:05 AM

Nice floating top table, especially for a first furniture that counts project, nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 03-31-2020 05:39 AM

Looks pretty good, think it’s time to try them Mortise and Tenon joints next?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-31-2020 05:52 AM

Nice work! That’s something you should be proud of, first project or 100th.

I also appreciate your pic reminding me of what a clean garage looks like…

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#7 posted 03-31-2020 10:12 AM


Nice design. I agree don’t point out your mistakes. (took me 40 years to learn this).

So I say well done. Keep posting.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 03-31-2020 11:47 AM

beautiful table – banks have a special department for tool mortgages & they refer you to your wife for approval lol

-- 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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#9 posted 03-31-2020 12:12 PM

very nice work…. that’s a stylish piece

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 03-31-2020 12:23 PM

Super job. I like the design and the proportions. The leg tapering and table cutouts make a huge difference. Congratulations. Can’t wait to see what you’ll be coming up with down the road.


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#11 posted 03-31-2020 02:57 PM

Looking good. Eye catching design.
Well done.

-- "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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#12 posted 03-31-2020 03:26 PM


-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 03-31-2020 04:58 PM

Great piece – knocked it out of the park IMO!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 03-31-2020 05:19 PM

Very nice. More pictures!!!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 03-31-2020 07:43 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments! I really am happy with the way it turned out, regardless of my error. I’m usually happy to point out my mistakes and take them for what they are… learning experiences. This being my first piece, I’m amazed it turned out as well as it did. I’m posting more pictures shortly. I’m going to make a couple of design changes and move the top supports (visible from the sides) inwards 6 inches, so the floating top is accented on all 4 sides, not just the front and back. The original design only had a single stringer down the center of the table under the top, but I found the table to unstable when assembled, so I added the two additional stringers to strengthen it up. Unfortunately, the rest of the table was already doweled and glued up, so I had to use screws to attach the stringers, which is why you can see the filler over the counter-sunk screw heads.

My plan is to learn from this build and make another table out of Walnut and Cherry, with the lessons learned applied. I really want to avoid pocket holes and mechanical fasteners (screws) as much as possible. I’m not ready yet for the mortise/tenon joints, but everything I’ve read says dowel joints are nearly as strong. I can’t afford a Festool Domino tool at this point, so my doweling jig is my go-to for now. I do have a router table, so maybe some sliding dovetail joints or box joints are in my near future after some practice.

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