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First of all I just want to say that I typically never paint wood but with this learning project, it's roughness, and where it was going to fit in the house it was best.

Last year I found 1.5×1.5×32 poplar for $2 each at a Big Box store and picked a few up. I figured these would be good stock for messing around. I decided to try to do some mortise and tenon without power tools and decided on a simple plant stand all without power tools.

Tools used - Hand twist drill to start the mortise (borrowed from neighbors Dad), ¼ chisel, crappy block plane to taper legs, and a hand saw.

Things learned 1) I really learned a lot from reading blogs you all have posted about honing and sharpening chisels and plane blades. This alone made the project worthwhile. 2) It was actually very relaxing and rewarding making the mortise with the drill and chisel. 3) I really need to practice more with a hand tenon saw.

My mortise and tenons were most likely too loose but I packed them with shavings, glued them up and figured they wouldn't really have any major stress on them during their lifetime.

Since this was poplar I just painted it white to fit in by the window for a new plant. The tile is just a sample I picked up for $1 and can be removed and/or changed. There is a hole in the top so that you can just push it up with a finger.

Overall project cost was around $10 with tax.

Thanks for looking.

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Fits in well with the vase and chair and sounds like you learned a lot. Nice job.
 

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I cut a square block to register my chisel against for the first 1/2-3/4" of the mortise. It worked great for me to get things started and to double check here and there. Good work.
 

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Nice table!! I'm impressed that it was done will hand tool only.

cheers, Jim
 

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Nice work with only using hand tools.
 

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Nice job on shaping the legs. Makes for a much more interesting look in such a simple table.
 

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Nice cheap project to learn new skills and it turned out very well. It really fits in with your decor around your desk.
 

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I like the way you put the chamfer on the end of the legs, that's a nice detail. Don't apologize for painting the wood, I don't usually paint wood either but sometimes a nice painted finish, just suits the project or environment where it will be placed. I've done it a few times and quite liked the result. Poplar is an excellent wood for a painted finish!
 

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Thanks everyone.

TheFridge - Thanks for the tip. That will be very helpful in the future.

Jim - It just worked out perfect. Poplar was easy to work with during this project and it did take the paint very well. I should have put that under "things learned"!!!
 

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I like it. Working with non-powered hand tools can be extremely rewarding. Little noise, much safer, potentially greater precision.
 

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Fitting, functional and solid. great and the learning is pure gravy
 
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