Mom & Dad's Christmas Gift

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 10-03-2008 11:32 PM 3400 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time back, my mother asked if I would build her a hall table for a particular spot in her house. I told her it would probably be her Christmas present at the rate I work. Since it is already October, I’ll think I’ll just go ahead and keep my promise on that.

Overall dimensionsn are approximately 12” x 48”, and the material is all walnut. Finish is multiple coats wipe on poly. She wanted something with rounded corners since she and dad are getting up in years and bruise easily when they bump into things. My design sensibilities pushed me more toward this scalloped corner, and I’m hoping it has the same protective effect.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 11:54 PM

Charlie, that’s a beautiful piece. I’m sure your mother is going to absolutely love it. I like design.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 10-04-2008 12:15 AM

Hi Charlie, First of all, what a nice and thoughtful gift. This is so beautiful, and I understand the scalloped edges, good idea. I know my father tends to run around looking like he’s been in a boxing ring all the time. And wow, just think how far ahead you are on your Christmas list. Thanks for posting, what a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 10-04-2008 01:32 AM

It’s barely October and you’re talking Christmas??? I’m not done with Easter yet. Good for you on getting a head start. And the table is fantastic. You’ve got a thing with corners that makes them special, it’s something I always look for in your work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 10-04-2008 01:41 AM

Gorgeous, Charlie!

I really like the way the table top corners tie into the design on the legs. Your Mom is going to be very happy.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-04-2008 01:58 AM

Charlie A very nice table for you mother nad you got it done on time. Great job.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-04-2008 02:09 AM

Hey Charlie,
How much sand paper does it take to make scalloped corners like that? Congratulations on getting that Christmas list tackled early, great looking table too. Those multiple wipe on poly coats sure make that top gorgeous looking. I’m sure your Mom will love it.

Take care,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#7 posted 10-04-2008 02:17 AM

Thanks everyone! (ROTFL at woodbutcher)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 10-04-2008 02:55 AM

Hi Charlle

Great looking table. You did a nice job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 10-04-2008 04:33 AM

Great table Charlie, and a very nice finish.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 10-04-2008 04:47 AM

looks good Charlie … beautiful work

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 10-04-2008 05:13 AM

Beautiful Christmas present. I’m sure they will appreciate it.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#12 posted 10-04-2008 05:58 AM

Beautiful job, Charlie. My folks had passed by the time I got serious about the “hobby”. Cherish this opportunity to share your considerable talents with the home folks. I’m sure they are proud of how you’ve ended up.

I’m liking those table legs and the arched aprons. And the finish is all we’ve come to expect as a hallmark from you.

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

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#13 posted 10-04-2008 06:17 AM

Great craftsmanship as usual Charlie. Unique!

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

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#14 posted 10-04-2008 07:09 AM

I appreciate all the kind words.

Doug, you are right that it is a blessing to still have them around. They saw me go through some tough times, and I’m glad they were able to see me come out on the other side.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 10-04-2008 10:01 AM

A great gift to your mom and a splendid design for a table. The cut corners was a good idea for the purpose for which they were made. The mouldings or scalloping whatever it is called at the sides and corners adds to the look of the table. Which tool or machine is used for doing it ?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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