A Cheap Table

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Project by bandit571 posted 02-05-2013 03:09 AM 1402 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small table, made from reclaimed lumber. oak/ash for the base, and Pine for the top. Using mostly hand tools to build it. One coat of BLO is on it right now. Front legs have two sides tapered, using just hand planes. Stretcher in-between the front and back aprons, sit in hand cut dovetails, one per each end. Corner blocks serve to re-inforce the corners, and provide a way to fasten the top to the base.

Top USED to be an old waterbed side frame. Cut into 36” lengths. The rabbet joint was part of the way waterbed frames sat on their plywood bases. I merely cleaned it up, to make a better glue joint. Top has bevel edges, done with handplanes. Took maybe a week of here and there working on it. Trash bag is full of the shavings and such from the build.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 11:22 AM

Nice looking piece

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 01:24 PM

Good job, Bandit! I love to see reclaimed lumber projects. The final color is real nice.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 01:48 PM

Looks good from here! Well done!!!

I liked it with the clamps still in place…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 11:58 PM

bandit, a very nice build indeed. Looks good with the intended chair, too. Love the blog of the build, it’s amazing what you’re able to pull off in the ‘dungeon.’ :-) Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 02:12 AM

That turned out just perfectly. And it matches the chair to a T. I like the way you used the rabbit from the original bed to join the top pieces together.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 01:05 PM

Thanks , guys. Andy: It was either used the rabbet like that, or cut it off. less work to just leave it alone.

Smitty: I can’t build anything too big down there, if i want to get the project back out of there. I seem to do tables a lot.

Randy: i could put the clamps back on, but the daughter would get a little upset….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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