challenge01-Cherry and Oak Thorsen Table.

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Project by oscorner posted 2663 days ago 2195 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a long and delightful journey building this, my second ever table. I’ve learned a lot from the process and have grown a little as a woodworker because of it. Here are some photos of my finished table. The finish comprises of two coats of sanding sealer, four coats of polyurethane and two coats of shellac. I also polished the table top with wax.
As can be seen in this photo the Oak was rived and has that quarter saw fleck in it.

I hope you enjoyed following my journey as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 2663 days ago

Excellent job Mark – and this is only your second table. Mike

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#2 posted 2663 days ago


This was my first:

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 2663 days ago

Great Table

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 2663 days ago

Excellent job Mark. Now make your 3rd. It only gets better!

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

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#5 posted 2663 days ago

Mark: Great table. and Congratulations on finishing.

-- 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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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 2663 days ago

That makes at least two of us who have switched the grain direction from the bottom shelf to the table top. Something about this design encourages the change. In an odd way it highlights the cloud lift and the bread board ends. Great job!

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#7 posted 2663 days ago

Beautiful Mark, glad you goter dun. Very original and nice color and if I needed a g and g table I’d be the first in line to buy yours and Dicks, that goes without saying. (dont want to hurt his feelings). I just hope I can get mine all sanded out I got the top fininshed last night. My daughter in law loved her clock. She told me to make and sell em for a hundred dollars apiece. Anybody out there going to give me a hundred dollars for a cloclk. I did’nt think so. It was pretty though, guess who else wants one? I’ll give you a hint, we’ve been married 35 years. Oh come on honey it did’nt take you that long. Yea, right. Well good job anyway Mark, you got time to make a clock? mike

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

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Roger Strautman

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#8 posted 2662 days ago

Excellent table Mark! You did a wonderful job on all aspects of this project. Nice use of the woods grain.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 2662 days ago

love the shelf !!! NICE

great job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2662 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, Mike, CarverRog, MsDebbieP, Karson, Wayne, PanamaJack and Dennis it means more to me than you could ever know.

Mike: If you show me how and supply some of that beautiful burl, I’d be proud to make clocks with you, buddy.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 2662 days ago

Very nice Mark. Keep it up.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#12 posted 2662 days ago

Beautiful work Os. Terrific job and it turned out wonderfully!

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2662 days ago

Congratulations on the completion of a beautiful table Os/Mark.
I guess I better get my sticks together, because you’re leaving me in the dust.

-- -** 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 2662 days ago

Mark, this is a terrific table!

I particularly like how you’ve taken an established design and modified it to reflect your own individual signature without detracting from the original intent.

Your entry to the contest is a worthy addition – good luck!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 2662 days ago

Wonderful table, Mark. I’m a big fan of contrasting woods. I like your buttons in particular.

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

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