Entry Table Specs

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 11-14-2007 04:58 AM 23198 reads 20 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends With Benefits…

OK guys it’s not what you think. But the benefit here are specs for the entry table that I made. One of the LJ brothers asked if he could build the entry table as a gift and I thought I would share it with everyone. I am keeping his identity secret lest I give him away to someone that he would be intending to surprise.

In The Rough…

These are not professionally drawn plans, but they will do. This is a simple project and all the specs are there that I made the original to. You will have to figure the details of how you personally want to join the parts. That means if you are doing mortise and tenon, you will have to add the extra length and do the math.

Overall Look…

Pictures never do the work justice as you all know. But I can tell you that the table looks fantastic. The proportions are nice but you are welcome to play with them. It is a delicate table that is very welcoming in the entry of the home. It says, “Hey come on in, set your keys and gloves right here. Stay awhile.”


Like I said, feel free to play with the dimensions. I have no doubt that you can change them and it will still look good. I am of the opinion that plans are just a guideline and you can tweak them to fit your personality.

I have about $85 in materials. I used ash because it is not oak. I just stay away from oak as much as possible to make my work look different. (This is a personal decision.)

I used Sherwin Williams T77-F37 pre catalyzed lacquer for the finish.

I used the Kreg pocket jig for the apron to leg joinery. I did not get paid enough to do mortise and tenon. For a small table like this I have no doubt that it will hold up fine. This was made previous to my Festool Domino purchase.

I have exactly ten hours start to finish in construction. I picked the material up while shopping for another job so that is extra time. I thought you might be interested in knowing that. I would be interested in how anybody else comes in on it. Please let us know when you post it.

For Reference…

For those who are interested in building this table, here are the specs and photos:

Pg. 1 Entry Table Specs

Pg. 2 Entry Table Specs

Entry Table Left View

Entry Table Right View

Entry Table Decorated

I hope that this is enough info for you guys, you are a pretty smart lot, but I will gladly answer any questions.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 05:09 AM

I had seen the photos of this table before – beautiful and elegant! Your plans are well drawn and easy to understand. You might consider adding “plan” to your keywords!

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 05:09 AM

Todd -

Thanks for sharing! It is a very cool table.



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#3 posted 11-14-2007 05:11 AM

Todd – thanks for sharing. It’s a beautifully simple, welcoming table.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 05:14 AM

Thanks, Todd. I love the proportions. That is what drew me in. The recipient is not a LJ, So I can tell you that it will be a joy to build. I will post in projects when done but this project is probably slated for after the holidays. I did, however, want to start constructing it in Sketchup to play with design ideas in the mean time.

Thanks again!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 05:15 AM

I hope you guys get a chance to build it. It is a sweet little table.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 05:34 AM

Thats a nice table..great minds think alike! I built one almost exactly like it for my entry area, only a little smaller but with the same proportions and tapered legs out of mahogany. I like the top edge detail. I went with square edges with a small round over but I like the tapered undercut look you gave it….makes the top seem thinner. Very nice piece and looks relatively easy to build. Thanks for sharing the nicely drawn plans….thats a great project for anyone to try! I would love to see the Sketchup version that drafting company does for you.


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#7 posted 11-14-2007 05:42 AM

Brad_Nailor – the sketchup drawings were for the entry to the house I built with my brother. You can see the sketchup image at this link

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 11-14-2007 05:55 AM

I had to re-post the link to the .Mac gallery, as well as re-post the reference photos in .Mac. I did not enable the download feature but it seems to be working now. You guys will have to try it out. You can download and then print or save the file if you like.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 09:19 AM

Very nice indeed Todd. Had trouble with the download but no problems, I can save the pictures off this pags.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 12:49 PM

Thank you Todd for being so generous and sharing your plans with us LJ’s.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#11 posted 11-14-2007 02:14 PM

Just “sharing the love” Roger.
Grump-I checked and the download feature worked for me, but that is the case often, it came from my computer and it always works with my computer. I know the .Mac gallery doesn’t work with some older browsers and may not fully function with some, that is a possibility. My wife can’t look at it with Safari on her computer that is 2 versions old, but can with Firefox.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 11-14-2007 02:51 PM

Good looking set of plans. Should be easy to follow

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 11-14-2007 04:05 PM

Thanks Todd. That is a sweet, simple design. I really like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 11-14-2007 11:18 PM

superb job on the table…did u consider doing some kind of string inlay down the legs terminating in a cuff? I have done several tables this way and the result is really stunning.

-- Cheers!

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#15 posted 11-15-2007 01:10 AM

Scott – The situation called for a very clean, simple table. This is in the entry of a new log home. The clean lines juxtaposed to the log construction works really well. I did a table a fews years ago that had some simple inlay lines and it really was sweet. The best way to describe the environment of this house is rustic-modern.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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