Trying new woodworking skills #19: Finished tables

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 05-11-2014 06:22 PM 1322 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the tables are assembled and I’m happy with how they turned out.

The tables are nesting. They all fit within the largest table’s footprint.
There are decorative slats on the sides of each table. if I were to do it over, I would add the slats to the rear of the tables also.

This is a view of the large table’s top. 20” square.

Middle size table. About 14” square.

The small table. About 9” square.

Only task left is to sand the top and give one more coat of poly. There are some minor abrasions from assembly. Plus I’m hoping to fill in some open grain.

New skills I learned and practiced:
I worked from rough lumber. This is the first project where I planed all the wood.
I used mortise and tenon joinery. Drilled out the excess and chiseled to final size. Tenons made on a router table.
I mortised an area for the tiles to drop in the tops.
The tabletops were mitered on my table saw using an incra mitering sled.


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#1 posted 05-11-2014 06:41 PM

excellent work BJ

seems you learned quit a bit here
and got over the fear of ‘milling’

many new doors are open to you now

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 06:43 PM

Really nice work. Great to improve the skills.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 02:58 AM

I’m going to have to build my wife a set of them, she will love them. I think they look pretty good myself, good job.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 03:31 AM

Those turned out absolutely beautiful BJ … well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 02:30 AM

Those are awesome BJ

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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