Tall SideTable

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Project by jumbojack posted 02-22-2015 02:15 AM 954 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the Altar Servers knowing that I play with wood asked me a year ago to build a table for him. I told him sure, give me a rough drawing with some dimensions. A few weeks ago I got a VERY rough drawing with the all important measurements. I had to ask him if indeed he wanted a 40” high table with a fairly narrow footprint. He assured me, so I was off and trotting. I used dowels instead of mortise and tenons just to get a little practice. It all went together without a hitch and was rock solid. The actual shelves are 3/4” melamine. I wrapped the top shelf with some cherry glued and pin nailed. He is a struggling college student and as I did not have to purchase any of the material the build was done gratis.
Thanks for looking

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 03:53 AM

Nice table. That’s 3 well done projects for others. Very smart to practice before you do something for yourself!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 05:15 AM

Jumbo, I like your thinking here. You have kept the design neat and clean yet sturdy and well constructed. Great job of planning and executing a design. Everything about this is practical and straight forward. Nice job of planning and nice craftsmanship.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 01:24 PM

Nicely done using dowels.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 02:45 PM

Good one, JJ.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 07:44 PM

That is a really nice table. Great job.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 01:07 AM

Do those legs all slant inward (or is that an optical ‘delusion?). Dowel joinery looks much more accurate than I can achieve.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:44 AM

gfadvm must be the optics on my finely tuned iphone. They are square. One of the cool functions of the Shopsmith is horizontal boring. It makes Dowling a snap. Set up a couple of stops keep all the faces the same and run them. It really could not be easier.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 01:44 AM

That is a nice simple design with clean lines. Well done!

-- Art

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 01:56 AM

Thanks JJ. That’s kinda what I thought.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 03:19 AM

Nice and clean. I am sure your friend will appreciate it for years to come.

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 04:39 AM

Nice and simple, nice way to remember the basics again.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:49 AM

Nice table, Jack. I love dowel assembly!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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