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Blog series by JonH updated 05-31-2007 09:15 PM 6 parts 5458 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: How should I approach this?

03-19-2007 09:08 PM by JonH | 6 comments »

Ideas to think about for this project. What materials should I use?How much should I change the design?What joinery should I use?Do I add a drawer?How do I treat the bottom shelf? Just how do I know that my design is eligible for the contest? Is there any price range and/or materials that are preferred? It seems that the scope of the contest was left open ended, maybe by design. I’m a details person, any help with the nuts and bolts of the contest?

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Part 2: I think I may have it down....

03-20-2007 11:11 PM by JonH | 2 comments »

Ideas for this project. What materials should I use? I’m going with Alder How much should I change the design? Just enough to make it my own. What joinery should I use? Wedge Tenons with no glue….Yeah, it will be tough. Do I add a drawer? Nope, I’ll leave that one alone. How do I treat the bottom shelf? Make it look funky. There, I’ve figured it out. Now I just have to build the crazy thing! (My first sketch of the monster.)

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Part 3: Thorsen Side Table Contest

04-04-2007 04:56 AM by JonH | 3 comments »

I found a nice article on buiding a Greene and Greene Table side table. Thought this might be helpful to the contest. Fine woodworking is a fine magazine, and a great website. http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/FWNPDF/011171036.pdf

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Part 4: The 11th hour is at hand!

05-31-2007 08:02 PM by JonH | 1 comment »

Ok, Here’s the deal. Its 12:35pm. My daughter has a doctors appt at 3:45. I have procrastinated my challenge project to the point that I had to abandon my idealistic goal of glueless wedge tenons. I do reserve the right to rechallenge myself at a later date on that joint. I will get it done!The legs are clamped up and nearly dry Here's the top. Pocket holes have replaced wedge tenons...Yes, I'm in a hurry. The sides are small, but mighty!

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Part 5: UGH! Haste makes ugly marks on the top of my contest entry.

05-31-2007 09:06 PM by JonH | 5 comments »

I trusted that the bit for my pocket hole jig was correctly set. I was wrong. When I attached the top to the sides and legs, here is the result. I like the way the table looks, but the holes on top are enough to make me pull out my dwindling hairs. As a result, I had to resort to nailing the top to the legs in order to finish the contest and take my little angel to the doctor.UGH! The smaller holes are from the brad nailer.

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Part 6: Not up to standards, but finished none the less!

05-31-2007 09:15 PM by JonH | 6 comments »

This end result is a nice little side table, but I must confess, it is not up to my standards. It will make a nice table along side the couch. I’m finishing in haste to get the subscription to PW, but I will continue my challenge and improve this table more at a later date. My son (age 3) loves to hang out in the woodshop, so he can help me. Bottom line, the baby girl goes to the doctor on time, I get my challenge finished, and my son gets to help me finish it next week! Legs, si...

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