My First Indoor Project

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Blog entry by ralmand posted 06-14-2009 11:22 PM 1211 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st attempt at building an indoor piece. I wanted a wall table for my office. It is made of red oak. I purchased some red oak on craiglist for $40.00. Most of it was only 3-5 inches wide with mitre cuts on one side. I cut off the mitres and used my table saw and planer to square the pieces up. I glued up pieces for the majority of the project. I tapered the legs on 4 sides using my table saw, with the Incra Miter 1000SE, which helped a lot! The legs are 1 3/4” at the top and reduce to 1” at the bottoms. I still have to build the drawers and stain it. I am going to dovetail the drawers (my 1st time) and then use red oak for the face front. I am going to Rockler or Woodcraft in the near future to look at stains and get some advice on the proper procedure for finishing it. As I have said before, I am a novice at this stuff. I will post more pictures when it is complete.
Pictures posted in photobucket.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 11:49 PM

Great Looking Table!!

Really nice series of photos showing the progress and parts!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 12:36 AM

Randy that is a pretty nice looking table even for a veteran. It is even more impressive given its is your first indoor project and it was built from offcuts from another project.

With regards to the stain and finish, after picking out what you want to go with, try it out on some scrap pieces sanded to the same grit as your table before tackling the finish on your table.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 12:44 AM

Scott….Thanks for the advice on a TEST piece. Also, I love your ‘signature’ s a ”...(expletive deleted) expensive hobby.”...but I really enjoy it.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 01:52 AM

Very nice great first indoor project.well done


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#5 posted 06-15-2009 02:33 AM


Your drawer slides… are they the Side type used on the bottom or special Bottom slides?
What brand / model?

You going handcut the dovetails or use a router jig?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 02:56 AM

Joe…they are center bottom mount that I bought at Lowes. They have 35 lb. capacity. I am going to use a Peachtree Dovetail jig that I bought when I went to my 1st woodworking show in Houston. I practiced with it when I got home on a small section of wood. It worked great then, but that has been a few months ago. Now, I have to ‘re-train’ myself. This project has been a learning process for me, but, most of my projects are! I do not have a tenon jig or chisel mortiser, although my son in law offered his to me, so I used pocket screws for the joinery. My son in law gave me a Kreg setup for a Xmas present, so I thought..”Why not use it”. No matter how it turns out, I have fun doing it! Thanks for looking !

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 03:20 AM

a1Jim….I strive to build items like you…only I started too late, not enough years left in me to learn, and not a BIG ENOUGH WALLET :-)
As always, thanks for viewing the projects, but if you see things wrong with mine, as I am sure there have to be, PLEASE be honest and let me know. Thanks Again!

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 04:46 PM

If there any thing wrong with this project it might just be that you are your own wost critic. Most of us are (excepting wives of course, but that not just limited to woodworking) Very nicely done project. You might be right about how far your wallet goes if you shop for finishes in places like you listed. You can probably learn everything you want to know right here by people who have no interest in selling you anything.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 06-18-2009 03:40 AM

I want to thank all of you for your input. I am in the final procedures. I am gluing up the boards for the drawers. They are drying as I type. I have decided on my finish procedure. I have already started some ‘TEST’ scraps to see which version I like best. I will post the completed project in the ‘Projects’ section. Thanks again for all your input.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#10 posted 06-27-2009 12:21 AM

I want to thank all of you for your input. The project is complete and listed in My Projects. You all are great

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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