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My wonderful wife needed a study table. I made this out of poplar and a piece of melamine. The mortise and tenons are hand done, the top is doweled onto the legs and yes it does go through all of the tenons. You couldn't break this table if you tried. I'm not sure what the woodworker jargon is for this type of joint, but I learned it from building Amish poll barns. I know for sure it's quite strong and FUN! I guess you could say it's mortise, tenon and pin joint. Maybe you could comment if you know the "official" name.



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Looks cool
 

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I like things that are combination of techniques. Plus I really like the top!
 

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Those joints are nice and they would make me more aggrivated than an Amish electrician if I tried to do them myself. Great work.. Is that a bench next to the table? How about some pics?
 

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Nice work. Please tell me how you finished the surface. What grit did you sand it to? What primer/sealer did you use. What kind of paint did you use? How much sanding and what grit between coats?
 

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The poplar is sanded from 80 to 220, primed with kilz and a brush, sanded with 220, sprayed with white enamel, sanded with 280, sprayed again, and buffed the gloss out a bit with 0000 steel wool.

Pretty simple, unsophisticated and cheap, but the results are excellent if you know how to run a spray can right.

Thanks for looking. :)
 
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