Breakfast table/ Lap Desk

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Project by Dpadg posted 02-16-2021 01:40 PM 667 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently finished this breakfast table / lap desk for the girlfriend for valentine’s day. The top is made out of red oak and the legs are from so coved pieces I had sitting around already (which are walnut I believe??). Being that I only have rough cut oak and no jointer or planer yet, I have to get a little creative with projects like this. I used my joiner sled to joint one edge of the boards and then rip it into 5/8” strips which I can then use my handplane to square up and then turn them on their sides to glue up the panels. I cut tenons into half the strips before the glue up and attached a breadboard end.
This was my first time attempting both the bread board end and the mortise and tenon joint attaching my cross support to the legs. The leg support actually turned into a double mortise and double tenon in order to fit inside the cove areas, definitely a bit of a challenge for my first time but also some great practice. Additionally, I cut dovetails into the corners for the underside of the table, all the joints were hand cut and chiseled and most of the smoothing was also done with handplanes. I do intend to replace the bolts attaching the legs to the table base with brass rods just to look a little better. The finish was done with 3 coats of shellac.
Overall I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out, I planned it all on graph paper before I began and followed my plans very closely and the finished look turned out close. There are a few more gaps and splits than I would have liked but most can be attributed to my need to further practice my handplaning technique. I know now I can’t wait to upgrade from my harbor freight chisels to some quality ones!

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#1 posted 02-16-2021 03:25 PM

Very cool, good thought into that. Well done, like it lots.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-16-2021 06:45 PM

I like the pile of shavings on your bench. They show you had a real good time with this project :-)

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#3 posted 02-16-2021 07:56 PM

Outstanding. I like it.

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#4 posted 02-16-2021 10:03 PM

I like the pile of shavings on your bench. They show you had a real good time with this project :-)

- W.F. Judt

This was actually my first project that I was able to use that No. 5, I just got it all cleaned up and tuned from the pile of rust that it used to be and it was absolutely amazing, and now i’m hooked and ready for my collection to grow.

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#5 posted 02-17-2021 05:39 AM

Nice work! I love how you made the best of what you had to work with! It turned out nice!

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#6 posted 02-20-2021 05:35 PM

Pretty cool, I like the twisted legs. Nice job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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