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End Tables Promised for the Wife

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Project by MilFlyer posted 09-04-2014 07:26 AM 1074 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, This is a variation on a table design from Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

Second, this is my first real project without my adult supervision…WMD2006.

This is a result of a deal between the wife and I. There is no woodshop on the base where we are stationed at in Korea, so she said I could get more/new tools if I agreed to build her end tables and a coffee table. DEAL!
So here is the result of my woodworking efforts in a 9th floor apartment on base, with limited tools and 4 very young children running around. The project is mostly pallet wood salvaged from behind the BX, with the exception of a couple of pieces of Ipe to provide a little contrast and color. The finish is 3 coats of tung oil and 4 coats of GF Varathane.
I welcome any critiques, advice, or suggestions to help me improve. Thanks for taking the time to look!

VR,
Richard

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams





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CincyRW

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 11:18 AM

The Ipe really makes them. They turned out really nice. This is fantastic work for very limited resources. Nicely done!

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 11:55 AM

I agree with CincyRW above, great design and build especially considering the limitations set upon you. Hope you got the new tools you wanted.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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majuvla

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 12:13 PM

Nice project! You are realy good promise keeper.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 12:43 PM

Those look great, really like the contrast of the Ipe.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 03:15 PM

I like the diagonal grain top with contrast band. Great for winning approvals for more tools. That is a great strategy, first show results to the Lady and let your shop grow with more tools, with each tool added, to you do something for her use. Thanks for sharing.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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MilFlyer

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 10:17 PM

Thank you for the kind words and compliments folks! It’s good motivation coming from all of you! And Yep, the wife has been more than supportive of me getting more tools! It has been quite a time here in Korea and thanks to her I have a better equipped shop in our little apartment than I ever did back in the states! :)

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 10:27 PM

Great job. Really like the contrast of woods, and on a diagonal too. Having been to Korea 5 times, and spent 3 winters there in a tent, I really feel for ya in winter there. Something that you might want to concider, is a Kreg jig. They are not very expensive, and dont take up much room, and easy to take with you with all the moves in the Military. It adds another dimension to your abilities while woodworking. Alot of bang for the buck. You def made that a good looking project. Look forward to seeing your future projects

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 09-05-2014 12:18 AM

Great looking end tables—I like the diagonal tops of them!

It’s a nice arrangement you have with your wife, about her getting new furniture, and you getting new tools! It’s too bad you have to work on a balcony on the 9th floor. It seems to be working for you, but too bad there isn’t a unused small shop in one of the hangars that you could work. I’ll bet you’ve exhausted all the possibilities, though!

Keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 09-05-2014 03:03 AM

Great job! I agree that the contrast looks great!

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#10 posted 09-05-2014 04:30 AM

Very well made, sounds like it was a win situation for all

-- Norman

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MilFlyer

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#11 posted 09-05-2014 06:21 AM

Thanks again for the kind words folks.

Hoss, you are so right about the winters here. I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do for that. As for the Kreg, I ordered one for the Coffee table I built her! :) Posting that one next.

Dean, I have checked all over for shop space. They used to have a woodshop on this base, but now the only ones around are Yongsan which is an hour away and Kunsan which is about 2+ hours away. At least my neighbors haven’t voted me off the island yet!

New tools inbound! Got myself a Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner arriving in a couple of weeks to help with the entryway table I’m making the wife next! :)

VR,
Richard

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Marty Smoley

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#12 posted 09-05-2014 02:17 PM

Nice tables. Love the contrasts. I like the Remo Williams quote too. I speak fluent movie quotes as well, lol

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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MilFlyer

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#13 posted 09-07-2014 02:20 AM

LoL. Thanks Marty! Definitely into the movie quotes and Remo Williams is one of those classic flicks that’s fun and has some great life lessons in their one liners.

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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