Thorsen table challenge

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Blog series by BarbS updated 2604 days ago 4 parts 10993 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: Thinking through a design

2698 days ago by BarbS | 5 comments »

I’m spending more time thinking about this Thorsen side table than getting ready to make it! I’ll probably be right down to the wire on building it and have to prioritize my days around working in the garage; sounds like heaven to me.I’m picturing an added shelf only 4” wide, 2/3 of the way between the bottom shelf and the upper apron, which I intend to make as a drawer (the apron, not a shelf). I’m intending a bedside table for this project, and hoping to have ...

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Part 2: Thorsen Table challenge a 'challenge'

2684 days ago by BarbS | 10 comments »

I’m going to be using two slabs of mahogany I had been saving for something special. They are both 2” thick, 15-1/2” wide and 4’ long. These are remainders after a $165 purchase several years ago; wood which has gone into a blanket chest frame, a chess board box and several other smaller projects. I want to make two Thorsen-inspired tables as bedside tables.It is cupped a little, so I’m intending to square it up with hand planes before sizing parts. Here’...

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Part 3: Only three days left.....

2642 days ago by BarbS | 12 comments »

and Barb is finally getting serious. I’ve worked long long hours all the month of May and been meeting other deadlines as well, so, still trying to build one of my two tables to photograph!One thing I’ve wished is that I had built Christopher Shwarz’s kneeling saw bench, as I had to resaw a mahogany slab 17”x15”x2” with a handsaw after cutting all edges with the tablesaw to about 3” deep. The only way I had to hold the thing was a bench vise, which cl...

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Part 4: Wa-a-a-y past the deadline, but...

2604 days ago by BarbS | 12 comments »

Barb is back at completing one of two end tables.I promised some pix this week, so here is progress so far.I wanted the tabletops to be one piece rather than split up my mahogany slabs and re-joining them, but the 15-1/2”x15-3/4” dimension was too big to resaw on my Laguna bandsaw.I tackled resawing by hand after cutting all around with the tablesaw to 3-1/2” deep. I found out I really wished I had a better handsaw, but I’d never had to use the GreatNeck hardware stor...

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