Challenge Table by MsDebbieP

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 04-04-2007 02:06 AM 9349 views 1 time favorited 77 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to hormones running rampant as the 2009 Winter Awards deadline fast approached, my planned entry is now sitting in the trash wondering what the heck just happened!
And so, with just a couple hours to go I have decided to “cheat” and enter my Side Table as my entry for the secret compartment category. The hidden pouch formed by the leather, holds.. well, I’m not going to tell you—but nobody knows it is there!!! haha

(here is the write-up from my original posting)
Inspired by the beautiful table featured in the Popular Woodworking Magazine I decided to take my skills to a whole new level and attempt to build a table.

I joined the Lumberjocks group just three months ago and prior to that the only thing I had done in the area of woodworking was use a drill and a hammer, although the hammering left something to be desired.

Since I first joined this group I have been inspired, challenged, and supported by the members here to try new things, to practice, and to keep moving forward! Just two weeks ago I made my first official “box” and here I am today with a table!!!

The Wood
I didn’t grow the willow tree – I have to thank Mother Nature for that.
I didn’t cut the old tree down – I have to thank a family member for that.
And I didn’t saw the wood into boards – I have to thank Rick for that.
But everything else, is of my own doing.

The Design Adaptations
Working with the small pieces of wood that I had (the 20 year old logs from our firewood pile were only a foot in length) and using my limited skills at power tools – using the mitre saw and drum sander – as well as having a limited knowledge base of “how to’s” ... I was restricted as to what my table would look like.

I chose to make the bottom shelf a tray instead of just a shelf, giving it more functionality. I also chose to hinge the table top, providing a storage space underneath to hold plant fertilizer and planting tools, again making the table multi-functional.

Under-the-lid storage: the bottom of this (secret) “box” area is a piece of leather.

The Learning Curve
I won’t repeat myself here, as I have shared my progress in my Blog.

The Success
I have made a table! I have made a table that is stable!! I have made a table that looks beautiful in my living room. And I am very pleased.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 04-04-2007 02:20 AM

I sure wish I could do this. I like the style and touches you added.


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#2 posted 04-04-2007 02:23 AM

I love it Debbie! GREAT Job!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 02:25 AM

Debbie thats GREAT . You added some wonderful touches to this. I am very impressed with this.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 02:40 AM


I believe the first completed entry in the challenge.

My how you have grown.

Good luck, and be proud of your accomplishments.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-04-2007 02:49 AM

Wonderful Debbie!

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 04-04-2007 02:50 AM

thank you everyone.
I did have fun.. I am proud of this.. and I’m glad it’s over! hahaha the pressure, the pressure. :)
Now I can try again – with something else! look out world ;)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 04-04-2007 02:55 AM

ooh, and it has a secret compartment too!

Nice, congrats on the early finish… You are WAY ahead of me!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 04-04-2007 04:30 AM

Great Job! Creative redesign


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#9 posted 04-04-2007 04:37 AM

Nice job Ms. Debbie! I like the tenon’s sticking out. Are those tenons functional? Any advice for the first timer? I’m going to try to use mortise and tenons on mine as well.

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#10 posted 04-04-2007 05:06 AM

Way to go Deb! It looks as if you have been doing woodworking for years. Don’t stop now. Keep reaching for the unkown.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 05:26 AM

Looks great Debbie, and the first one done. Way to go. About all I’ve got done is to start thinking about how I want my table to look.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#12 posted 04-04-2007 05:31 AM

Hey Deb, that is just a great job. Terrific!. Always thinking up creative, new ways to do things. Never afraid. Always willing to dive right in, take the bull by the horns. And now this wonderful table. You should be very proud! Thanks so much for entering it and sharing it with all of us.

Ok, I just have to ask… whatcha gonna make next? ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 04-04-2007 05:37 AM

If this is your first project, what did you do in your prior life?

Did you intentionally leave the rough edges or have you not yet learned how to plane wood?

Foregoing further sarcasm you have made an artful table of which you shall be proud.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#14 posted 04-04-2007 05:47 AM

Hey Debbie that is fantastic! What a neat idea and love the design of the lid. TOO COOL!
See? You don’t know till you try. Congratulations on your first table! OK what’s next? LOL

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#15 posted 04-04-2007 05:59 AM

Your perseverance has paid off. You turned out a beautiful creation.
Now you have time to make another one maybe.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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