My 2008 One Board Furniture Build-Off Entry Part 6

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Project by Michael Hacker posted 06-25-2008 06:43 AM 2124 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i had hoped to make this an exciting post but the sad fact is that i am not a finalist in this years contest.

i was up against some stiff competition, a few other real fine tables, some great chairs, and lots of other stuff including a working grandfather clock (which isn’t quite furniture). I was shocked to see metal parts in lots of the entry’s as i remember the rules stating “Metal parts are confined to hardware only.” which i now suppose is a vague assortment of things. none of which you need worry about if you use no metal parts.

this was my table completed for entry at 11:55pm May 31st, honestly the finish was still wet. again i tried something new without extensive testing and it didn’t turn out as i had planned (like with the hide glue). i had made some very nice mixtures with three stain colors, and the samples looked great, but the table did not. in the last hour the finish finally started to look good, the two-tone pub table i envisioned was finally completed!

i was very excited to finish my table and initially i thought my entry photos were fine, but they really are terrible. they should have been at least taken outside on the lawn, even if i would have moved the garbage can five feet it would have looked better! unfortunately i believe this really hurt my entry.

while not a finalist in the contest, i am still proud and excited about my pub table entry. there were a lot of firsts for me on this project, like making my own biscuits and dowels! using a breadboard end to create a dead flat table from a cupped board is something i will always be proud of (its amazing how flat i was able to make the top!)

i did get mentioned in the Fine woodworking blog GlueTube on June 6th, and that was really cool! I really accomplished what i set out to do, build a great piece of furniture that i will use, and get noticed! I got more visits to my website this month than ever before and i want to thank all of you for your interest in my work!

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 06:54 AM

Very nice looking table, something to be proud of. We can’t all be first. But like you said you were first in a lot of things you did, and learned. Thats stuff money and ribbons can’t buy. Nice job, kudos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 12:19 PM

Nice table. I’ve always been a fan of breadboard.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Greg Wurst

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 12:53 PM

Wow, making your own biscuits is hardcore! Nice effort and a nice table.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 04:59 PM

Very nice, it looks great. Thanks for sharing it with us

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 05:46 PM

nice job…bummer on the contest…but…you clearly learned from the process is how I read your write-up…i hear you on the photos…it becomes just as important as the project when you get to your level…when I posted my swing the other day…i thought—-darn—-i didnt even move the old one out of the way…Now i notice it…

cool website…just checked it out!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 10:09 PM

Do not dismay. This is a very nice table entry and something to be proud of. And remember woodworking is subjective.

And remember: Some times you may lose when you shouldn’t, and sometimes you may win when you shouldn’t. May you experience both in yopur life.

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 11:12 PM

I like the finish and thanks for sharing with us.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 06-26-2008 03:37 PM

You did a really fine job with this!

Making biscuits and dowels too is pretty impressive.

Plenty to be proud of here.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 03:06 PM

Not at all shabby. I love the one board contests. I’ll have to get in on them one time. Been amazed for the last few years in what people have produced from a 2X4. Being a poor woodworker (sigh), the low cost projects are great for learning. I like the stain. I’ve never had results with pine that come close to less blotchy woods. Seems like you got a good result.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#10 posted 08-10-2008 10:17 AM

Very nice, it looks great

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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