Mission to two Mission Coffee Tables #1: Material to rough size

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Blog entry by Everett1 posted 06-25-2012 04:55 PM 1968 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Starting the build of two matching Mission Coffee (Cocktail) tables. I was originally going to make one out of Cherry for my mother, but our living room could really use a new table, so I will be making a second one out of Walnut as well.

Nothing too exciting so far. Just dealing with the challenge of trying to get the least amount of waste from the wood supply. Nothing is more aggrevating than going through all your pieces for planning, then realizing that your last piece of two would work so much better if i took one part from this piece, etc etc. I’ve just come to accept the future of scrap and a lot of picture frames, eventually…

I prefer breaking down my good with the Jig saw. So much lighter than the circular saw, and it makes so much less dust to boot.

OK, OK, I have to ask that everyone stop being jealous of my “workbench”...

There is less Walnut on the table, as my wife likes the idea of attempting a framed copper panel with a patina for the top. If anyone has ever seen Woodworks and/or has seen David Marks work, that is where I got the idea, and I really want to try it.

My work is cut out for me when I get home; putting the jointer and planer to really good work.


-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 06:49 PM

Well, your “workbench” may not be up to snuff, but consider the plight of us woodworkers that have a workable bench, but no jointer or planer yet.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 07:08 PM

I was lucky enough for my birthday to get the big planer and jointer for my 30th birthday/Xmas last year

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 07:15 PM

looking good so far… as for the workbench – I’m sure many here don’t even have THAT… so don’t be too hard on yourself

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 06-26-2012 12:46 AM

your workbench represents two of my favorite things, eating and woodworking, in no particular order. the view of that big mechanics? vice on a table with turned legs is priceless. It’s not the bench that makes a woodworker, otherwise I would be a gardener. Well, truth be told, I’m probably a better gardener than a woodworker. But that’s beside the point.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 06-26-2012 04:18 AM

haha, I forgot my vises and how ghetto-ly they are attached to my kitchen table workbench

I actually stick an old bathroom towel in the jaws and clamp wood pieces in there for cutting or shaping, haha

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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