First End Table

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Project by JimYoung posted 01-30-2014 02:54 PM 1614 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first “real” woodworking project. I stumbled across a free plan by Kevin Rodel in FWW and really liked the Arts and Crafts style. At the time, I had a $100 Ryobi table saw, a used router table, and a Dewalt 735 planer that I picked up on Craigslist. I did not bother using quarter sawn wood to try and keep the costs down.

I used the router to cut the mortises, and cleaned them up with a pairing chisel. The tenon shoulder cut were made on the table saw, and the meat was removed using a jig and the router table.

Anyhow, the table is constructed from White Oak, and uses mortise and tenon joints at the top of the legs. There are wedged, through tenons at the bottom of the legs. The grill work use simple lap joints. I adjusted the height of the table to be even with the arm of the sofa in our family room.

The finish is simply minwax gunstock stain and wipe on poly. I rubbed out the finish and applied a finishing paste wax. It came out pretty nice, and the wife hasn’t thrown it out, yet. This was the first of four tables that I’ve built for our family room.

Update: I’ve added some photos of the second end table I made. This one is shorter than the first to fit next to an easy chair. This is the nice thing about making your own furniture. Our sofas have rather tall arms and the chair is pretty normal. I can size the tables to fit them so you don’t have to reach down to grab your beer!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 03:21 PM

that looks really nice. Nice wedged tenons. It’s amazing what you can do with just a few simple tools.

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 11:27 PM

I really like the table. I’ll put it on my favs and try to do something like it soon.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:34 AM

Thanks for the kind words.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 03:43 PM

Very nicely done. Very clean.

-- -- Skee from MN

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 02:48 PM

Great looking tables! Great design and joints. Beautiful wood and finish. You should be proud. Great job!


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