A Little Table

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Project by John's Woodshop posted 01-21-2009 10:36 PM 1974 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

THis is a little table that I built for my Mom’s Kitchen. It is a taller table to accomodate her stool. She wanted a little table that would fit in her smallish Kitchen where she could write letters and pay her bills and such. It is based very loosely on Shaker Style. It’s 38” tall, 24” wide, 17” deep. I used some of the lumber that I got from the .45 cent a board foot soft maple that was sold on the forum last year. Legs have about 5 degrees of taper. The apron is 4”, and is attached to the legs with mortise and tenon joinery. (My first attempt at it) The top is attached with figure 8’s. The finish is Tung Oil. I found one really nice board that I was able to make the top out of.

Thanks for looking,

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#1 posted 01-21-2009 10:50 PM

Nice little table John. I think you can visualize your mom setting there with a cup of coffee looking out the window thinking how thoughtful her son is.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 10:50 PM

very cute I like small delicate furniture. It is both well designed and made just the job for that small kitchen /dining area. I take my hat off to you well done my dear friend God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 01-21-2009 11:03 PM

Reallly nice. I love the top.

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 12:57 AM

This table is following me around the ‘net. ;-) Nice.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 01:44 AM


The Shaker influence is awesome.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 04:45 AM

Beautiful Table.

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 04:53 AM

Looks like this table is exactly was needed. That tiger top is awesome and I bet your Mom’s loving it!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#8 posted 01-22-2009 05:38 AM

Great example of Shaker simplicity and a really nice looking table designed with the chair in mind. Then you get up close and see that top…stunning! Nice finishing job.

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#9 posted 01-22-2009 07:29 PM

Thanks for the compliments Guys!


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#10 posted 01-22-2009 09:58 PM

Great top. I like the height. Nice craftsmanship John.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 08:14 PM

You did a great job on the table. I have to ask about the last photo. Is that a small dog wearing a shirt under the table?

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 09:00 PM


My Mom spoils that little dog rotten. That is a sweater that she is wearing.


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 10:51 PM

John. A nice table for Mom. I like the small Shaker style tables. They are dainty and don’t overpower anything.

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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#14 posted 01-27-2009 05:39 PM

quaint and very special for a special lady.
Nice job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 01-30-2009 05:21 PM

Good lookin piece.


-- JMP

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