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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 317 days ago 1139 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop has become somewhat of a magnet for these types of ‘projects.’ My wife’s nephew ran across this table and dropped it off at my shop door; it was waiting for me when I got home from work last Thursday.

Not a high-craftsmanship piece at all. Joinery consists of half-laps and cut miters, along with a generous use of headed nails. Aprons quite thin as well, with evidence of the top being nailed to the base of this thing (!). Oh, and no parts of said top came with the table.

Interesting bead detail, though, that was once painted red. Think it was a #45 that did it, or #66 beader, or ??

No plans other than to hold onto it awhile and complete a few other projects currently in-work. But thought I’d send it up for review in the meantime. Thanks for looking!

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



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 317 days ago

Without a doubt you’ll bring it back better than before but its gonna take some work Smitty. There’s some glaring issues with the “joinery” obviously but a new top, some glue, and some love might make for an interestingly rustic table. Sans the tapered legs and beading I think I would have strolled right past it.

I gotta admit that your blogs on pieces like this have given me something new to look for at tag sales and flea markets.

I was gonna say I must have a little smitty in me but that sounds too weird. ;)

-- "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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#2 posted 317 days ago

:-)

RE: the Top. I’m thinking it’s time to try breadboard ends on whatever gets fabricated. Something I haven’t tried yet.

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

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 317 days ago

I think you’re just looking for a reason to use that new #10. Im on to you old boy. I cant blame ya for a second either!

-- "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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#4 posted 317 days ago

You know, I wasn’t even thinking about that #10 1/2, but you do have a point there…

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

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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 317 days ago

Smitty,

This could be a ‘Diamond in the Rough’.

I can visualize a Blue Stone, Slate or Marble top on this old gem.

Will be anxious to see what this table speaks to you.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 317 days ago

^ Oh, wow! You’re thinking big, Len! Intriguing ideas, for sure. I do have a piece of old marble top; have to measure it!

-- 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 317 days ago

The nice bead seems strange considering the work on the rest of this piece Smitty. I know you will be able to make something nice out of it though. It’s always good to have a challenging project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 317 days ago

Mike, I agree totally. Surprising it’s there, given the nail treatment that certainly appears to be orinal to the piece.

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

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Don W

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#9 posted 317 days ago

I wonder if that apron was recycled once before?

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 317 days ago

I think a stone top is splended idea.

Any hint as to said table’s wood species?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 317 days ago

Or nailed when the glue failed. Interesting thought.

I’ve been burned with the ‘looks like walnut’ determination before, so I won’t say walnut because it’s slightly off from that. Pic 3 above has a mahogany look to it. I haven’t even pulled it onto the bench to take a clear look under decent lighting, so I won’t guess just yet. A hit with a green pad inside an apron should tell me more.

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

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Sylvain

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#12 posted 317 days ago

The top was probably the best part of it and was salvaged. ;-)
Your nephew is like us, he has an infinite faith in your capacity.

A complete rebuild seems necessary.
Disassembling, turning the legs in such a way that the nail holes are Inside, remake the joinery with haunched tenons on the rails and mortises in the legs; using the back face as a new front and finding a board to make a new back.
The drawer seems usable.
But I am sure you will probably find other ways.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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AnthonyReed

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#13 posted 317 days ago

I love this show!

-- ~Tony

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lysdexic

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#14 posted 317 days ago

Sylvain’s recommendations are bold. I like.

I guess the question is: is the form aesthetically pleasing in its current condition. If so, then do what you can with it. If not, I think Sylvain is dead on. The table may end up smaller but, so what, if it ends up totally, friggin awesome.

But what the hell do I know?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 316 days ago

I’m going to say mahogany… For now.

Nails are 4d, aparently original as there is no other joinery.

Looks like there were “wings” to the front at one time…

Like these…

That hid a couple nails, anyway. Legs have good (and unusual) shape.

Cleaned with damp cloth, the red kinda pops!

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

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