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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
Can't wait and see how it goes. Good luck. I hope it goes further than my macreme' purse I'll probably never finish. That jute was shedding too much, I found it everywhere.

I wish I had a chance to learn all this like you are and you are making some nice stuff too, I like making the practical as well.

Diane
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
ewww….the shedding. that's not good. Sounds like quite a mess. That's too bad.

What are you going to use instead for the next purse??
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
Hmmmm. Perhaps you should start using the table saw with a sled. Does Rick have a sled?
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
i have no desire to use the big bad machine…. and I have no problem being a female leaving a task for a male to do.

No sled and he has all 10 digits - as do I :D

haha
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
I have a suggestion Debbie.
Make the table with Walnut, then on her next birthday, make her a bed to match.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
oh Dick.. I do believe it was YOU who challenged me to move on beyond a box!!! Now, here I am tackling my 2nd table and you are already challenging me to start building a bed!!! lol

(That is a good idea.. .. wouldn't that be a prized possession to pass on through the generations. I've said that many times to other LumberJocks but it never once flashed through my mind that I would or could make such an heirloom myself.) ..

I think I'll stick with the tables ( my son-in-law's birthday is next month, so I'm hoping that I can make "matching" sets.)
 

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My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
Go for it Debbie !!!
 

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My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
You can do it Deb….every bedroom needs two side tables and a bed….:)......oh…and a matching blanket chest as well.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
You also need a couple of easy chairs in the bedroom. A dresser. You'll never get finished. LOL
 

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My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
Don't fret, Debbie. Even a 12" board isn't 12 inches. You would have had to glue up boards to get a full 12 inches, anyway. That walnut looks good.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
why geez, guys.. why don't I just build them a house??? !!

Thanks Os… :)
 

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My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
back to the table
Legs are cut and now the frustration/confusion/challenges really begin as I figure out how to attach the pieces that I prepared yesterday.

It might be a very long day.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
Atta girl! Do you have a sketch of what you are scheming? There might be an idea or two to help you decide how to attach the legs.
 

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JENN DON"T LOOK

My daughter's birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it's somewhere in the middle.

Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I'm not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two.

The first difficulty was deciding what to make it out of. Although she loves my rustic stuff that I have been making I know that her primary decorating taste is modern - with the black wood and clean lines. The other factor in this is that their current bed is pine. So do I go with pine and have it match now, or do I go with the more modern look and hope that they will buy a matching bed someday??

Option 1: use pine and keep it natural
Option 2: use pine and paint it
Option 3: use walnut.

I chose to use walnut.

I had originally thought that I would make it 12" square and just buy some lumber 12" wide. But alas, I ended up with some cheaper pieces that were about 4" wide and would need to be joined together.

I first ran the wood through the planer and jointer. I've used the planer before so that wasn't a problem but the jointer was a first and no one around to give me tips. (Ok. so I could have gone back to TheWoodWhisperer's Podcast and I think Giz. has done a blog on this as well .. forgive me if I have gotten the wrong name)... anway, I chose to "just do it" and I have no idea if I got it right.

Next step was to figure out what size the pieces would need to be to use my wood the most efficiently as well as try and get the pieces looking good. I spent a lot of time with pencil and paper laying out the plan. I think I did good. ... we'll see.


With pieces cut (hopefully to correct size) it was time to put the pieces together.

TA DA .. it's DOWELMAX time !!! :)



Well this turned out to be the easy part (after I got the drill bit set up to the right height… somebody had been experimenting!!!) It was a matter of MARK IT (learned that lesson last time)... and zip, zip, zip… everything lined up beautifully and I now have the table top and two shelves ready to go.

Now I have to wait for legs-that involves the table saw. Rick's department!

I'm thinking that this table might just look pretty good when it is finished. You will know-if it looks good, you will see part two of this blog. If it doesn't… well… we'll just let this drift off into LJ la-la-land.
4 legs
2 shelves

1 DowelMax :)
1 measuring tape with little lines on it.

is that sketchy enough?? :D
 

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Jenn... it's ready for Sunday!

well, here it is…
Martin says that mistakes are just opportunities to become smarter.
I must be brilliant now!

The table is pretty much finished. Might throw a layer of wax on top of it. We'll see.

Lots of "oops" and "huhs" and "how did that happens" in it but it's a table and it's made by me and it's a present.. and she will love it.

 

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Jenn... it's ready for Sunday!

well, here it is…
Martin says that mistakes are just opportunities to become smarter.
I must be brilliant now!

The table is pretty much finished. Might throw a layer of wax on top of it. We'll see.

Lots of "oops" and "huhs" and "how did that happens" in it but it's a table and it's made by me and it's a present.. and she will love it.

Debbie you did a great job on this. Congratulations.
 

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Jenn... it's ready for Sunday!

well, here it is…
Martin says that mistakes are just opportunities to become smarter.
I must be brilliant now!

The table is pretty much finished. Might throw a layer of wax on top of it. We'll see.

Lots of "oops" and "huhs" and "how did that happens" in it but it's a table and it's made by me and it's a present.. and she will love it.

thank you Steffen.
It's almost as good as my Challenge Table entry .. but not quite. But I'm still pleased
 

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Jenn... it's ready for Sunday!

well, here it is…
Martin says that mistakes are just opportunities to become smarter.
I must be brilliant now!

The table is pretty much finished. Might throw a layer of wax on top of it. We'll see.

Lots of "oops" and "huhs" and "how did that happens" in it but it's a table and it's made by me and it's a present.. and she will love it.

Pretty nice.

Diane
 

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Jenn... it's ready for Sunday!

well, here it is…
Martin says that mistakes are just opportunities to become smarter.
I must be brilliant now!

The table is pretty much finished. Might throw a layer of wax on top of it. We'll see.

Lots of "oops" and "huhs" and "how did that happens" in it but it's a table and it's made by me and it's a present.. and she will love it.

Can we get some more views, Debbie? I'm struggling with trying to decide what I'm looking at on the table apron. This looks like a great table.
 
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