Small side table with flared ends.

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Project by Avi posted 10-18-2020 06:25 PM 1171 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small side table, European oak with legs from treated (hence dark) larch.
Matte Sayerlack finish.

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#1 posted 10-18-2020 06:36 PM

nice simple clean look.i like the contrast of the woods.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-19-2020 01:02 AM

Beautiful! Very nice lines and color contrast.

I know larch as “softwood” that grows in the northeast US and SW Canada, a close relative of douglas fir. Is this the same or different? I put that in quotes because douglas fir is fairly hard and quite strong.

I like the feet on your legs. Can you describe the joinery you used and how you get the joint smooth all around?


-- Richard - near Philly - frustrated engineer taking it out on wood

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#3 posted 10-19-2020 02:31 AM

I like the leg treatment with the taper and the feet. I also like the unique shape of the top. It is just different enough to give it a nice look.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-19-2020 02:50 AM

Very nice!

But about the Nth time I’d get bit by those corners I’d be rounding them or making kindling. I will not abide a vicious side table!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 10-19-2020 05:40 AM

The Larch I used is a European softwood, considered close to hardwood in properties. It’s usually light-colored, but with treatment (I am not sure if heat or chemical) it goes dark.
Before I tapered the legs with my taper jig (the one from FW), I simply connected a block of oak with a 13mm dowel. Then, after I tapered the legs, you can’t see the joint.
The rest of the leg joinery is standard mortise and tenon (I have a pantorouter for that). The top, originally a single piece that was pretty bowed, I cut in half, jointed, and reglued with Lamelo biscuits. Then the ends I angled and also glued with biscuits to the central part.
Madmark, I too usually round corners. These are also rounded slightly, by hand, and won’t give a tall toddler too much of a headache. I felt here, that too much rounding will ruin the effect.
Thanks all for the kind comments.

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#6 posted 10-19-2020 10:02 AM


Love the design and the legs are over the top! Nice work.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 11-01-2020 06:51 AM

The photos with the black background really make this project ‘pop’.

If I saw this in person I would have to wander over and check it out!

Nice project!

-- Seeing is believing.

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