Hankerchief Table

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Project by Alongiron posted 02-15-2014 08:13 PM 10703 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Webster states that a Handkerchief table is, “A folding triangular table that becomes square when the drop leaf supported by a swinging leg is raised.”

I built this one from QSWO and finished with danish oil and 2 coats of clear shellac. I added 2 coats of poly to the top for a good waterproof surface. It was not the easiest table I have ever made. Making angled mortise and tenons proved to be difficult as did the wood hinge that allows the forth leg to swing out. It stands about 28” tall and the table top measures right at 24” square. The legs are 1-1/2” square at the top and taper down to 7/8” at the bottom on the inside edges. The table includes a 1/2” rule joint at its hinge point as well.

I was asked by a good friend of mine to make a couple items for a silent auction that he is having. You see, my friend is the president of the Minnesota Epilepsy foundation of Minnesota. They are raising money to support the cause. Here is a link to that site:

He is not only the President but he and his son also have this disease as do I. I have been seizure free now for 15 years. This Auction will be in April 2014

This “Handkerchief” table along with a magazine rack; which I will post later, are my gifts to his efforts. I have sent him some pictures and I guess the fight is already on…I hope it raises a lot of money!!

Thanks for looking


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 08:22 PM

Nice looking QSWO table, great finish.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 10:47 PM

Webster might call it a Handkerchief Table – I call it a magnificent piece of fine furniture. Well done my friend and it is going to a great cause. It should bring in a nice amount for the cause.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 12:18 AM

Steve, that is a great looking project. Did you have plans or had you just seen one before? I have never seen one until now. I hope the auction does it justice.

-- Art

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 12:20 AM

Cool table and great cause.


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#5 posted 02-16-2014 01:32 AM

Thanks Guys..

Art..I got the plan from the latest issue of Wood Magazine. It is right on the front cover. I followed it per plan except that I rounded the corners of the table top off

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 04:10 AM

great looking table and a great piece for the auction.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 03:27 PM

I saw that table in Wood Mag and I have to say, your’s beats theirs by a mile! Well done! Hope it makes a ton of money!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 03:28 PM

Steve, this is a very attractive table. It looks really nice in that corner. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 04:59 AM

Nice work as always, Steve.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#10 posted 02-20-2014 05:20 PM

Very cool table! Like the flexible design, beautiful wood and great finish. Great job for a worthy cause, I’m sure it will sell well.

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 07-14-2015 05:48 AM

I love it! A triangular take on a gatefold table. Never heard of it. I guess it exists if Webster says it does. This is fantastic.

-- Mark

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