Gum Entry Table

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Project by BlueRidgeDog posted 06-14-2021 12:11 PM 739 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Entry or Side Table made from Gum wood. Joints were cut with the PantaRouter. Finish is General Finishes Armor-Seal on top of Seal-a-Cell.

The design has gentle curves on the rails/stretchers that are mirrored on the top and shelves. It has a balance that I like, but is hard to photograph.

Two simple drawers with through dovetails to add to the movement in the face.

Given the 32 mortise and tenon joints, I wanted to use a standardized approach to them and the PantaRouter was perfect for the job. I also wanted a M/T method that would let me lighten the parts…thin them out a bit if you will.

Gum is a throw away wood now days, destined for the paper mill or the wood stove. The grain moves constantly and the wood varies from hard to soft in just inches. I was given a massive amount of this wood (wet) when I picked up a large load of wet hickory for a project. I wanted to see if I could put it to some use.

I still have to figure out drawer pulls, but I can use it as is. I will add some pulls the next time I order hardware.

I made a video showing the steps if you want to compare methods or make suggestions for a better process. Also it is great if you want to see a PantaRouter in action and are thinking of adding one to your shop. The PantaRouter is basically a router table that moves the router versus the work, so it is great where a regular router table struggles: Holes/mortises and working the ends of stock. In some ways the piece was designed around testing the absolute accuracy of the method. I was not disappointed.


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#1 posted 06-14-2021 01:11 PM

Love it! The grain is WOW. I know nothing about gum wood but your description suggests it is challenging. You did a great job with the design – the curves play off nicely with the interesting grain.

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#2 posted 06-14-2021 02:13 PM

Great character in that wood, reminds me of ambrosia maple in many ways.

Love to see the less common woods put to the furniture building challenges, nice work!

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#3 posted 06-14-2021 02:26 PM

been watching the progress on this and man it really came out beautiful.that wood is just spectacular.nice job.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-14-2021 02:30 PM

Nice work on the table! A great way to showcase the character of the wood. I enjoyed the blog as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-14-2021 05:10 PM

I like the design a lot, all the curves make it very interesting.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 06-14-2021 07:47 PM

Oh yeah, that turned out nice, really nice.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 03:08 AM

excellent result BRD, and i got to see a naked drawer too!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-15-2021 09:24 AM

Thanks for the kind comments. This one was a bit fiddly in some respects but I am happy with the end result. It is replacing a piece my Dad did 60 years ago that will be handed down to my daughter.

So buy that strange wood and imagine something to make out of it!

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#9 posted 06-15-2021 01:32 PM

Great design and great looking wood. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 06-15-2021 03:20 PM

Beautiful, well done…

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

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