First Project Ever 2006

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Project by ChicagoGlen posted 2113 days ago 1193 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this in 2006. It was the first woodworking project I ever attempted. It was made using flat and QS Red Oak. I did not have a jointer or plainer back then so I made the whole thing using just my table saw. The top was rough sawn QSRO so I had to find a person with a jointer and planer to prepair the wood. It is full of erros and visual marks of a rookie woodworker but you have to start somewhere. All mortice and tennon and through mortice and tennon construction.

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#1 posted 2113 days ago

This is an excellent 1st woodworking project you should be proud of.
The table top is beautiful, though I see that the fourth piece looks like from different lumber board.
Overall I like the design and the finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 2113 days ago

That is an excellent table for ANY woodworker, much moreso being your first real project!

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

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Douglas Krueger

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#3 posted 2113 days ago

Noting it’s final resting place is not only an indication of the pride you take in it but also an indication of the quality of the craftsmanship. Very, very nice especially when considering it was the first. Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#4 posted 2113 days ago

Great looking table. Looks like a strong table.

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

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#5 posted 2112 days ago

I like it. Very nice.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 2112 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s : ) You should be very proud of your first project ! It looks great and that top is just beautiful no matter how many different boards you might have used in it….It’s all about the wood ,Bro : ) How thick is the top and what are the overall dimensions ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 2112 days ago

Great table Glen. Nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2112 days ago

It looks awfully good to me for a first project. I love it!! Also a very bold choice for a first project.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#9 posted 2111 days ago

The top is 24” by 36” and is 1” thick.

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#10 posted 2111 days ago

Great work for first project

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 2066 days ago

very nice. looks quite sturdy and those through tenons look much better than mine – how did you route the mortises (router? hah)? they look quite deep.

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#12 posted 2066 days ago

This is a pretty challenging project for any woodworker, let alone a first project. The construction and finish look really good.

How did you finish the piece?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 2064 days ago


I used a Bench Top Hollow Chissel Mortise Machine to create the mortises


Scott Bryan,

I finished it with just a mission stain and wipe on poly.

Thanks for the comments. I can’t wait for the weather to warm to start up again.

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#14 posted 2064 days ago

A fantastic first project. Way to step out there and expand your skills.

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

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