Table and Chairs

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-28-2021 07:51 PM 732 views 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started when Carol said the girls need a table and chairs when they come over….which means ” you need to make a table and chairs”. No more needed to be said to give a reason to be in the shop!! The last 2 shots are McKinlee with all her toy friends having a meal today!.

This was a design-as-you-go project with only key dimensions put to sketches. The plan was to use as much or the scavenged maple plywood as I could in the project. I did not buy anything except more shellac for the project.

The goal of any of my projects is to not show any fasteners if possible. The table has a 5/8” maple plywood top and aprons and red oak legs. It has 20 dowels and 10 screws (pocket screws through the aprons into the top). The aprons are doweled to the legs and the top of each leg has a dowel into the top.The table is 19 1/2” x 24” x 20” high and is finished with Zar cherry stain and semi-gloss polyurethane.

The chairs are made with 5/8” maple plywood, with a solid maple bullnose on the seat with a big smooth radius for little legs hanging over it.The bracing for the legs was a late design and is made with solid maple wood too. I felt the legs would need to be steadier than they came out without any bracing. I could have left that front to back brace as part of the solid side frames had i thought about it early on.!! Each chair has 10 screws and 12 dowels. They are also finished with Zar 116 Cherry stain and semi gloss poly. The chairs are 10” wide, 11” front to back and 19 1/2” high. The seat height is 11”.

I added some process shots of the chairs and also of my new dumpster platform for retrieving this good plywood.

The new dumpster does not have a horizontal rails so I had to make a rail section that hangs over the side of the dumpster with a different platform to hook on it.I got several pieces out today!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 09-28-2021 07:58 PM

Absolutely perfrkt! Right person for right job!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-28-2021 09:52 PM

That Dumpster Diving Platform is fantastic !

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#3 posted 09-28-2021 10:29 PM

Well done Jim! Nice table for the little ones, indeed. Sin thu fhèin a charaid. (Well done friend)

Love the dumpster-ply retriever as well.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#4 posted 09-28-2021 10:33 PM

The 3rd & 4th photos are the money shots, seeing beautiful handmade timber creations in use, with such smiles of enjoyment. Top marks!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 09-28-2021 10:36 PM

too cute jim,the look on her face tells it all,and makes it all so worthwhile.nice work my friend.

-- 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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#6 posted 09-28-2021 10:58 PM

Nice work Jim, the table and chairs look bombproof, so a couple of kids ought to be ok with them. That dumpster platform is a piece of work. Is this for try outs for the US dumpster diving team in the Fall Olympics in Chernobyl? :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-29-2021 12:36 AM

Cute little dining set,Jim.

At least you got to do both chairs at the same time. Years ago the neighbor lady asked if I could make a chair for her home schooled daughter When almost finished I showed it to her. She said Oh, I wanted 2. Every thing was turned spindles. Sure would have been easier to make everything thing at once.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 09-29-2021 01:13 AM

Great looking set and bonus points for the recycling aide.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-29-2021 02:14 AM

Love this on so many levels. Looks like a very happy “customer”

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#10 posted 09-29-2021 03:01 AM


Nice work. Your grand daughter looks like she is loving it.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#11 posted 09-29-2021 04:22 AM

Great looking table and chairs. It seems that they were well recieved and used. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#12 posted 09-29-2021 05:07 AM

Great set of Table and Chairs Jim. Mckinlee is loving having a meal with her Toy Friends on her very own Table and Chairs. Always nice to see a happy child.
Very good construction and excellent progress Photos. Good smooth edges so little people are safe and cant get hurt.
I really like the Maple Plywood Jim….What a waste for it to be in the Dumpster!!! Goes to show how much is wasted in the world.
Thanks for showing the pictures of your Dumpster Platform. Sounds like Fun standing on the platform and hooking out that beautiful Plywood….Just like Fishing….
Excellent Project Jim. Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 09-29-2021 10:45 AM

Great job Jim, beautiful craftsmanship and a wonderful set. The smiles are the rewards.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 09-29-2021 11:11 AM

A really well thought out table and chair set! Nothing feels better than seeing the smiles it brings! Nice work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 09-29-2021 11:24 AM

Jim, those are great and with your description it sounds like they will withstand childs play (if you know what I mean).
I didn’t see any silly putty – kids of that age need silly putty, not so much to play with but for adults to clean up lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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