A Tale of Two Tables

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Project by Picklehead posted 12-25-2013 06:56 PM 1666 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two craftsman coffee tables for my wife for Christmas. Design is from Woodsmith magazine #112 (available from Shopnotes online). Initially I was going to make just one in QSWO, then decided I might as well make two since I’d already have the machines set up (measure twice, cut twice!). The second table is walnut. Finished both with Watco danish oil, natural tint. Many thanks to Lumberjocks posters, from whom I learn helpful things every day. Being able to search the site for techniques, projects, blogs, and tips helped a lot with this project. This was my first “furniture” build, did a lot of “firsts”: morties & tenon instead of pocket holes, card scraper instead of sandpaper, etc. Got it done just in time (1:30 am Christmas morning!) Thanks for looking.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 07:07 PM

Ah, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. (hope you get the reference)

Very nice build on both tables. hard to beat the look of quartersawn lumber, and its hard to beat the grain of walnut. The glass really makes the design look professional, too.

great build & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 09:46 AM

Two very nice tables, they look great…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 01:56 PM

those are really sharp! Great job. I don’t know which one I like better.

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 03:10 PM

You did a really nice job on these and I’m sure that she was pleased with them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 05:19 PM

Nice looking tables!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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