Arts and Crafts Table

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Project by John Nixon posted 04-13-2007 02:43 AM 4767 views 42 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a table that I made for my parents (as a surprise). They needed something to put their new TV on.

More details on this project can be found here:

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#1 posted 04-13-2007 02:48 AM

You work fast! Another great job with the table. Anymore tonight? You are doing very well with your woodworking. The finish on these tonight are well done.

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

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#2 posted 04-13-2007 02:51 AM

Another great piece.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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John Nixon

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#3 posted 04-13-2007 03:16 AM

Thanks PanamaJack and Chip.
That one is a bit shiny because I waxed it. That’s not something I normally do, but I gave it a shot. I like the satin look over any sheen.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#4 posted 04-13-2007 04:30 AM

Very nice. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-13-2007 06:05 AM

I like it – very nice work.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#6 posted 04-13-2007 10:24 PM

Really nice work. Nice hardware, too. That stain looks great on oak.

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#7 posted 04-13-2007 11:11 PM

Oh how I love Arts and Crafts pieces. This is stunning. Lucky parents!!

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#8 posted 04-14-2007 12:15 AM

Thank you Mike, Larry, Sawdust & Matt for the compliments.

The fnish on this one started with an alcohol based dye, and then an oil based stain. Top coated with tung oil and then a wipe on poly. I was expirenting with a few things in the finish. The tungoil made it a bit more orangy than I would have liked, but it’s okay.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#9 posted 04-14-2007 01:56 AM

Another great piece John. 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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#10 posted 04-14-2007 09:19 AM

Great work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 04-16-2007 08:09 AM

John -

Nice work! I really like your projects. What dye did you use?


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#12 posted 04-17-2007 03:13 AM

David, on this piece I used Transtint alcohol base dye name “Light Oak”, followed up with an oil based stain from Sherwin Williams called “Oak Mantle”. Then tung oil, then poly. I can’t tell if it was dye or the tung oil that I didn’t like (too orange). I’ll have to revisit that finish possibility again. Thanks for cheking out my projects.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#13 posted 04-17-2007 04:23 AM

Thanks John. This is what I enjoy most about LJ - always something to learn. Thanks for sharing.


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#14 posted 06-10-2007 02:00 AM

I beginning to see a trend hear! Excellent work John! I love a&c style and your pieces appear to be very well executed. How long did it take to build this table? Do you specialize in just A&C?

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#15 posted 06-10-2007 03:08 AM

Hi RonR, thanks for the compliments. I too love the A&C style. It is definitely my focus for the time being. I wonder if I’ll tire of it (I hope now).

I built this table in my spare time over three weeks. It was kind of a rush job. I was working on it up until the day before I delivered to my parents as a Christmas gift. Nothing like adding to my stress around the holidays.

Right now I’ve been admiring some of the Harvey Ellis designs that he created for Gustav Stickley in his short time with that firm. I hope to build some replicas soon.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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