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Refurb, Table for a Desk #1: The Objective

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-29-2013 04:29 AM 974 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Refurb, Table for a Desk series Part 2: Materials At Hand »

It goes by at least a couple names, but I’m from Illinois so I’ll stick with Lincoln Desk for the style. An example:

I only have a top piece at the moment, along with a ‘found’ table that’s not the right size.

I think some adjustments on the table along with a refinish are in order, and I’ll take some pictures along the way. Should be short and sweet, we’ll see.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 04:50 AM

Is the top piece similar on the inside to the one pictured above? Are you planing to reduce the size of the bottom piece, or begin somewhat “anew” with the lumber/pieces from the bottom table and a different design?

Guess I will just have to follow along.

The hoosier is done and stocked right? You just waiting for the right time for the big reveal?

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 08:09 AM

Looks like a great project and that table will cut down nicely.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 11:08 AM

You could make some sort of “bookcase shelves” to put on either side of the top so as not to have to cut the table width down

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 11:29 AM

Shane, yes it is. Very dark to get picture(s), but I’ll give it a shot tonight.

- The Bottom Table is the piece to modify
- Joe, that’s a good idea that I didn’t think of, but there are a couple of things that made me want to play with adjusting the table outright vs. a ‘soft mod’ as you suggest. The top is not straight and true, and there’s damage at the bottom of one leg that needs work.

That’s a piece of oak scabbed onto a leg so the table stands on it’s own… Gotta do something about that. And if it doesn’t’ come out well, the whole table becomes donor material for the walnut pile.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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terryR

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 01:39 PM

Smitty, looks a great restoration project about to begin! Why build a whole table when you can get one 90% complete for free! :)

All your inspiration has forced me to stop at 2 yard sales this past week when I saw an old unloved piece of furniture! Unfortunately, BOTH pieces so far were made of ply and not real wood. But, I’m infected…I mean, interested…in rebuilding old unloved furniture now! Me Dad used to do it…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 03:46 PM

Terry, very cool you’re on the lookout!

I read the story of your Dad’s acumen with old furniture; there’s definitely an art to it that will take years for me to get comfortable with. That said, I’m as convinced as ever that old tables (in particular) can be a great source of premium project lumber. Especially walnut. And even crap dressers are great finds if the drawer sides are solid wood; those (typcially poplar) are easily re-used as drawer sides in new projects. That’s why I have the table above (project stock), but the arrival of the Lincoln topper made me re-think things. There’s nothing to lose, everything to gain if I pull it off.

Legs are poplar on the table, with aprons and top walnut. Evidence of handplane use on the underside and backsides, which I love seeing. I’ll get additional pics of the table and cabinet insides posted tonight as Part 2.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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stefang

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 07:27 PM

You are off to a good start with the furniture already built except for reducing the table size. It should be very nice when completed. Looking forward to your follow-up blogs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 07:38 PM

Mike, thanks. I’m looking forward to a result that completes the top cabinet; it’s been an orphan for a very, very long time and really needs a proper base so its beauty (and usefullnes!) can shine through.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 07:54 PM

Looks interesting Smitty. I love how you take on the challenging ones. IMO its gonna look a little narrow chopped down but im far from a historical furniture expert kinda guy so ive got no honest clue about Linoln’s.

What i think i would do is put an ink well on the right side (looks like there was evidence of one in the first pic).

Then again, like my old man told me when i wanted a mohawk … “Its your head kid, do whatever you want” ;)

Ill be watching the refurb as always. Keep up the good work brother.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 08:11 PM

Stef, I hear ya. The cabinet itself is narrow compared to the pics I found online and posted above of another Lincoln.* But I just kept looking at that cabinet / table combination and seeing the mismatch.. Provenance with the cabinet says it was ‘pulled out of the closet, set onto a table and used, then put away when the work was done.’ I hope the addition of a ‘fit’ table adds to the appeal (and practicality) of the top piece.

  • EDIT: I’m thinking of building a replica of this one that will be wider, with drawer’d table to match, dimensioned more like the one pictured at top.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Brit

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 08:37 PM

If Stef’s got no clue on Lincoln furniture, then he has more of a clue than I have Smitty, but I love your blogs and always learn something new so I’m looking forward to it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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DaddyZ

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#12 posted 04-29-2013 08:40 PM

NO Open Shot of the Top ?

I wanna see the dividers !!!!

Interesting Idea going, I just finished building My Desk from scratch…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 08:48 PM

I keep thinking I need to cut a drawer into the front apron. Seriously. What a pain, but it’d sure look good.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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chrisstef

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 08:51 PM

Hmm interesting Smitty. I learned somethin today, and im always for that, so ill second Andy’s comment on learning something from your blogs.

Do what cha do brother and im sure it will come out lookin just fine as always.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 04-30-2013 02:22 AM

Next Installment has been Posted, see link above… “Materials At Hand”

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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