Tōtara chairside table

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Project by charlie posted 05-05-2021 09:26 PM 578 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table has the simple lines and strong but simple joinery that I love. Made from a flitch of tōtara that a couple up the valley had in their shed for 15 years. The grain is incredible and I’m so pleased I was able to make good use of it.

As with 99% of my projects, made with only hand tools. The weird grain necessitated a lot of planing, but thankfully my hand planing and sharpening skills seemed to be up to the task!

From Paul Sellers Woodworking 1&2.

-- unplugged in NZ

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#1 posted 05-05-2021 09:47 PM


The grain in the top is magnifique!

As always I would prefer rounded to sharp corners.

Lots of hand sanding on the end grain.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 05-06-2021 01:07 AM

Love it charlie...

This table has the simple lines and strong but simple joinery that I love….
- charlie

Can’t comment on the joinery as there’s no pictures of the progressive build, however, I do like the simple lines...

There are far too many projects where people try to prove they have been smoking/drinking the strongest stuff while designing… don’t get me wrong, my hand is up when they ask for the “guilties”.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 05-06-2021 01:56 AM

That top is really eye catching. Like the clean lines.

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#4 posted 05-06-2021 02:10 AM

Very nice. I had to google tōtara. It is a pretty wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 05-06-2021 03:27 PM

The grain is striking Charlie and the joinery and hand tool work works well with your design.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 05-23-2021 08:49 AM

Thank you all! I’ve added some more progress photos for the curious.

-- unplugged in NZ

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