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Project by Luddite posted 02-06-2015 02:44 PM 1461 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A void attracts stuff in our house. Where there’s a need, perceived or imagined, a project must be conceived and created. For my wife it’s wonderful, for me it’s another chance to wrestle with the wood devils.

Here’s a collection of some bits we’ve done over the years that I thought you’d all enjoy.

1. Entry table for a small angled wall. Built of mesquite, designed on a napkin and fleshed out on the fly.

2. Small table next to crib when the kids come to torture me. Designed to match the other Stickley pieces I made. Built of QS white oak. It even has an accidental fuming spot when ‘the niece’ left a fully charged diaper exposed on the top. Makes an interesting heirloom story.

3. Clutter table for kitchen passageway to laundry room. Was a place where the cats dishes were constantly getting kicked about or other crude would accumulate. Built two over the years. Works great, protects the food dishes for the boys, a place to put the phone and assorted bits that used to clutter the counter.
The first one is based on a Stickley hallway phone table, back when people had such things.
Now it’s an instant heirloom piece for our niece and yes it does collect bits of her life.

The inside of the panel side is rounded over to match the legs and set flush. Gives a nice touch I feel.

The shelf and top are attached using ‘z’ shaped table clips that hook into the grove on the frame.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 04:49 PM

Love ‘em all. Do you mind if I copy them? This would be very good practice for me. Also, and you tell me what kind of mortiser you have? I clearly need a bench-top mortiser (not sure I have the patience to learn hand skills.)

-- Noel

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 06:13 PM


Have at it. Let me know if you need anything.
I use a powermatic mortiser though a benchtop would work.
That and a tenon jig is a great idea. Practice is must.

Best of luck.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 06:45 PM

Great set, very elegant.

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 07:24 PM

Very nice. I have kicked over a many cat dishes in my life. This should prevent this from happening to you.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 09:22 PM

Very Nice tables, Great work!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 11:46 PM

Terry, excellent pieces and a fun write up. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 02:08 AM

Love these kind of projects and love this post – great work

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 02-07-2015 03:27 AM

Absolutely love your work.

“wrestle with the wood devils.”

As well as that. Very appropriate

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 01:17 PM


My thanks to you all for your kind comments. These small projects, and others yet to be posted, were some of my favorites.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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