parrot cage table

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Project by Ted78 posted 12-04-2012 11:20 AM 1198 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

X-wife wanted a table to put her bird cage on. I made a cruder one for the same purpose about five years ago that involved my first attempt at mortise and tenon construction. My attempt here reminds me I still have a lot to learn. Second pic shows the ugly gap in first mortise and tenon cut, third pic is proof that I can improve, and last pic is a reminder to double check measurements. Turns out whether the pencil line signifies the bottom or the top of where the rail enters the leg is important. Next time I’ll take the half a second to mark both.

This one involves my first attempt at tapered legs. Tried a table saw jig, but poor little saw wasn’t up to it so I cut the tapers on the band saw and jointed them flat.

the frame is oak scraps, some to the legs are pieced together, the top is pine, because that’s what I had, I used a much darker stain on the top then the legs because I didn’t want it to look like I was trying to ‘match’ them. I think I may have failed in this regard. If I were to do it again the top would be much darker. I also didn’t measure my pine boards before I built the legs and rails so the overhang of the top is smaller than I would like.

Questions,comments, critiques, and smart remarks welcome.

-- Ted

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 12:01 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

I assume you made this for her before she was your “X”

Nice table. I am sure it still has a purpose.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 12:33 PM

No, table made long after the x was added. Were still friends and civil. The birds literally chewed the original to bits, We’ll see how this one fares.

-- Ted

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 03:21 PM

Nice simple design, and very airy. I like it. Looks like you could go back and add a shelf, if the need ever came up. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 05:09 PM

Hmm a shelf might be a good idea, someplace to store the bird food, cage toys etc.

-- Ted

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