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Project by gdaveg posted 04-30-2021 01:29 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

DW asked if I could make her a table to sit her purse on. It would be smallish as the AZ home is tiny. So I said yes and off to the lumber store I went.

Table top is 17” x 15” with the lower level 13” x 12”. It is 29.5” tall. The “Purse Table” name came during one of my shop Orientation Training evenings. Near the end of it one of the new shop members asked what I was working on? I answered a Purse Table.

Never have done a floating top table before so started thinking and sketching.

Tapered legs and M/T joint for the aprons were in the evolving drawings. Made a tapering jig for the legs, easy-peezy, had some 1/2” birch plywood long enough and some extra pine left over from making a test tapered leg. Tapered all legs on the two out side faces. Mortises on the square inside face. Had to cut the mortises prior to the tapers.

Made the legs and aprons from cherry, top from walnut, cherry and a center strip of maple (had maple on hand).

Lower level is walnut and cherry.

First time attempting to use Tung oil finish. I like it but is a labor of love. Both levels have 5 coats on them but think I am not done yet, maybe 2 more. I used Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish.

A couple of things I would change. I have 1.75” from the top of the table legs to the bottom of the table top, would cut that down at least one half inch. For some strange reason thought the supports for the floating top would hide better if black. So I stained them black. Not so good, so next year when we get back to AZ will veneer them with 1/8” cherry or other light wood.

Last thing I would change is trying to sand out a table saw blade burn mark that came about on the last tapered leg and tapering sled got off a straight path near the end of the cut. Before I knew it there is a slight bow in the leg, now designated to the back side of the table.

We leave for the great PNW in the next week or two so may take more pics and add in the commentary later if the finish gets completed.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ





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pottz

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#1 posted 04-30-2021 02:08 AM

man thats real sweet.but a suggestion always show the finished project as your thumbnail or many might look but say nah ! and that would be a shame.

-- 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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gdaveg

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#2 posted 04-30-2021 02:35 AM

Pottz,

Sort of rushed it, now have the best pic for the thumbnail. Thanks for the heads up.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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pottz

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#3 posted 04-30-2021 02:41 AM



Pottz,

Sort of rushed it, now have the best pic for the thumbnail. Thanks for the heads up.

- gdaveg


now were talkin,ya gotta get their attention,i just happen too know whats behind the curtain-lol.

-- 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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Madmark2

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#4 posted 04-30-2021 03:13 AM

Very nice.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Tom

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#5 posted 04-30-2021 12:56 PM

A nice handy table. Great work. :)

-- Tom

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-30-2021 05:45 PM

I love it..I really like floating tops, too…............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 04-30-2021 10:35 PM

That’s a beauty! Love those floating top designs.

Your design is awesome…

Great shape and size, beautiful wood…Love it…

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

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swirt

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#8 posted 05-01-2021 02:03 AM

That is a great looking table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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gdaveg

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#9 posted 05-01-2021 11:18 PM

Went to the shop today and sanded both the top and lower shelf with 500 and 1000 grit and added a coat to the top surfaces and touched up the edge in one place. Screwed the top to the base today. Drying over night before trying to screw lower level on.

Taper jig is adjustable with a scale, drill and screwdriver. Ha!! I will make an adjustable one next year for the shop.

Adding pictures of my tapering jig and the practice leg.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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Peteybadboy

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#10 posted 10-16-2021 08:15 PM

You do nice work Dave.

Really liked the floating top. My wife calls that a drop off table.

-- Petey

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