Thorsen Side Table #5: The pegs are installed, the pegs are installed

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Blog entry by fred posted 05-22-2007 04:48 AM 1573 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Finally, Glue Up. Making the pegs. Part 5 of Thorsen Side Table series Part 6: Finally...the project is complete »

I have really enjoyed looking at all the completed projects. They are truly awesome.

I installed the pegs last week. I used a shim to help prevent installing the pegs too deep. It worked well. I put tape around the peg mortises to help in the clean up of any glue squeeze out.

For the finish I used a combination tung oil and urethane mix. Three coats so far and with some 400-600 grit smoothing in between another 2-3 coats should do it. You can see some of the details of the pegs. They are about 1/8” proud.

I used walnut and cherry inlays in the aprons leaving them about 1/8” proud as well. They seem to pick up the cloud theme.

Next step is to finish the table top and perform the installation.

It looks like I will meet the deadline. This has truly been a handcrafted project. I learned so much and have improved my skills.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 05:00 AM

Fred, this looks like a great little table. I hope you show us an overall shot when finished. I love the finish – it looks very rich.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 05:06 AM

Great looking table Fred. It will be nice to see it all completed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 05:14 AM

Very nice will enjoy seeing it finished.


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#4 posted 05-22-2007 05:19 AM

Looking great Fred….can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 05:35 AM

Looks great. Another great entry!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 05:40 AM

good craftsmanship

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 05:47 AM

Beautiful Fred,
It’s sure coming along real nice, the sweating is just about over for you.
The oak looks real nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 07:09 AM

It’s lookin’ great Fred. Keep it going. The pegs make an outstanding addition to the table frame.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 07:32 AM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 06:35 PM

Thanks for all your comments. When completed, there will be some full pictures of the entire table to give it a better perspective.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 06:39 PM


what a great process this challenge has been :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 05-23-2007 04:15 AM

Superb, Fred!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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