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I really like the Arts and Crafts forms - especially Stickley and Limbert. I had tried once before to do a tabouret (octagonal) out of walnut, but never finished it. So, here's a simpler one - straight legs, round top. It's done in white oak, with a lacquer finish. This was my first attempt at M&T joinery. The stretchers use half laps, with M&T joints into the legs.

Things I learned

- Laquer really stinks (I brushed it on - 3 coats)
- I really should have tried some aniline dye - it looks very plain. The next one will be done using quartersawn white oak
- White oak is tough stuff! It took forever to sand. Next time: hand planes and scrapers.

No, I didn't make the Morris chair next to it - it's store bought <hangs>. But the beer in mine!

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Nice table. Looks like a real winner.
 

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ANY furniture is always made better by what's placed on top of it! ;-)

Seriously - You allowed the grain to do what it does best and didn't hide it - this certainly isn't a "plain" table by any means! I would be very proud to display this piece anywhere in my house.

You also captured the S&L Style well. Maybe would like to see a closeup of the M&T Joints next time…...

Well done!

-bob
 

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That looks really, really awsome. The table is very nice as well.
Good job.
 

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A really nice table. The oak looks great.
 

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Bob - Thanks for the kind comments.
As to close ups of the M&T… Errrr…. I'd rather not. They work, and from a reasonable distance they look OK. Up close; not so much ;-)
 

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Jon, very nice start! I love that style too. I made the splayed leg, octagonal tabouret a few years ago as my first real project. Whatever you decide to build next, you will be much happier with your work. I'd probably go for a nice Stickley bookshelf. The designs are elegantly simple and you don't need plans to figure them out.
 

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A great first table.
 

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CaptainScully,

Yes! There are several A&C book/magazine shelves on my todo list. ... and I do have a decent cache of QSWO!
 
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