Kentucky Stick Table

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Project by Dave Hair posted 01-03-2013 12:49 PM 8187 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had first seen Kentucky Stick Chairs here in Lumberjocks and decided to build four of them, two each for my grown daughters. Both girls loved them but wanted a matching table. So I designed and built these two tables. One daughter wanted bottom braces and some kind of shelf and the other wanted the bare legs, so that’s what you see. The bottom shelf is not glued so it can be removed.

I thinkthe pieces of maple were the same 1.25×1.5 inches that the stick chairs were. I selected the lengths to be 17 inches, 8 inches, and 4 inches with half inch gaps. The top pieces are ‘floated’ using 3/8” dowels. There is a frame between the legs that helps support the top.

The tables are actually quite sturdy and the spacing does not cause a big glass of wine to be unstable.


-- JDHair

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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 04:53 PM

Like the design, unusual. And well made.
Would like to see the chairs

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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Dave Hair

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 06:31 PM

I made several mistakes in the numbers. The lengths are 17”, 8”, and 3.5”. The spacing between (longitudinally) the 8’s and 3.5’s is 1 inch, not 1/2 inch. Spacing across is 1/2”. The dowels are evenly spaced at 2.5 inches and precision drilling was the most difficult part. Forstner bits were the only way to go.

Further information – legs are held firmly by a box frame with lap joints that uses 1/4” x 1.5 inch maple wood 17 inches long by 15.25 inches. You can just see the ends under the second and eighth row of table. The table legs are end cut to slide tightly over the box frame. All glued, it really holds together well.

Thanks for your comments. I believe you can find some of the stick chairs by doing a search in Lumberjocks.


-- JDHair

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 08:02 PM

Fantastic buddy!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 08:25 PM

I love the design Dave, and it looks very well built too. It always amazes me how many different designs can be created and all of them good!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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