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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 10-26-2011 05:44 AM 1737 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So several weeks ago when I completed my bedside table, a home for my new Kindle (working out very nicely I might add), the wife said where’s mine? Truth be told I cut two Zebra wood triangles when I made mine. I kind of figured that was coming. That’s one of those things that 32 years of marriage gives you the ability to know when she is going to do that.

I would not normally post a “me to” project but I wanted to comment on a couple of things that happened with the second table. First and foremost, I did some research here and across the web and decided that the original rip fence on my 35 year old Craftsman saw, which had to be adjusted to parallel manually for each cut had to go. You guys did not disappoint me, based on the information gained at this site. I purchased and installed a Delta rip fence and all I can say is I wish that I had done it years ago. I think the total cost was only 145.00, installation was no worse than expected. If you own an old Craftman saw you really have to do this. Only drawback is the rails are bigger and in my small shop its taking up more than its fair share of space. I plan to install the router table between the extra rails.

The other comment I want to make here is that if you have never made something twice you really should at least once. I know that for myself I would never do this. There are so many things I want to build but my job keeps getting in the way. The joinery on the second model is so much better. The joints are tighter and the finish is much smoother and cleaner. The glue up was almost easy on the second one despite the lack of 90 degree angles. I guess all of this is why some people do mock ups.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 05:50 AM

So which one did you give to the Mrs. ? LOL
They look cool , but I thought they were corner tables at first.: )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 08:33 AM

In my experience, if the wife’s not happy, no one’s happy. Nice tables….........

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 01:29 PM

Well done thay look great, and your right! ” Happy Wife = Happy Life! :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 03:06 PM

Very nice! I think they both look very solid.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#5 posted 10-26-2011 03:40 PM

The three rules of life;

Keep your wife happy

Keep your sisters happy

There are no exceptions to rules one and two

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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