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Simple End Table Made With A Kreg Jig And A Drill

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Project by Nick Ferry posted 03-20-2015 08:40 PM 2062 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a while now I have been getting people asking me how I got into woodworking because they were looking at starting the hobby. But it seemed some newbies were hesitant because it seemed to them to either be too costly or they didn’t have tons of cash for lots of tools. And I have people say they don’t want their first project to be a beginners crappy project. I made this end table to show you don’t need every tool imaginable and years of experience to get started. I love how it turned out and now my wife wants a second one (go figure). I have some more info on my site if you are at all interested. Thanks for checking it out. I am really proud of this one. https://nickferry.com/2015/03/make-an-end-table-w-a-kreg-jig-a-drill-ep46/





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#1 posted 03-20-2015 09:04 PM

I like it. Very nice looking table. I’m not much on painting wood but sometimes it goes with the flow. Good work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-20-2015 09:10 PM



I like it. Very nice looking table. I m not much on painting wood but sometimes it goes with the flow. Good work.

- doubleDD

thanks – I know what you mean on painting wood – it must be my theater background where often times we paint wood to look like wood – I always found that funny – thanks again

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#3 posted 03-21-2015 05:12 AM

great table Nick and cool idea for a beginner woodworker to get started in woodworking

-- Patrick's work shop

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#4 posted 03-21-2015 05:13 AM

oh bye the the was your video was great !!!

-- Patrick's work shop

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#5 posted 03-21-2015 05:13 AM



great table Nick and cool idea for a beginner woodworker to get started in woodworking

- Patrick s work shop

Thanks man!

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#6 posted 03-21-2015 08:31 AM

This table would be great for anybody that wants to build something for the home and has limited tools.

-- Ted Alexander

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#7 posted 03-21-2015 08:32 AM



This table would be great for anybody that wants to build something for the home and has limited tools.

- Ted Alexander


thanks Ted – sometimes the simple ones can be fun shop time

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#8 posted 03-21-2015 02:17 PM

+1 on the Kreg pocket hole jig. Joinery is the scariest part in most cases. Pocket holes are hidden, strong and easy! I’m not ashamed I’m still in the pocket hole construction phase of my development. And I love to read posts like this, as compared to the ones where people say you need to ‘start’ with $20,000 worth of tools or you’re wasting your time.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#9 posted 03-21-2015 03:23 PM

Pocket holes have their place and best use,but if a person builds all of their projects just with pocket screws limits your learning the backbone of woodworking,”Joinery”. The plus side of Pocket hole joinery is that it’s quick and it takes very little equipment as others of stated.this table is fun quick project and the pocket hole joinery should hold up reasonably well as long as the top is not connected to the apron with pocket screws.
Thanks for sharing this Nick this is good project for the first-time woodworker.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-21-2015 06:23 PM



+1 on the Kreg pocket hole jig. Joinery is the scariest part in most cases. Pocket holes are hidden, strong and easy! I m not ashamed I m still in the pocket hole construction phase of my development. And I love to read posts like this, as compared to the ones where people say you need to start with $20,000 worth of tools or you re wasting your time.

-Brian

- bbasiaga

Thank you for the kind words

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#11 posted 03-21-2015 06:33 PM



Pocket holes have their place and best use,but if a person builds all of their projects just with pocket screws limits your learning the backbone of woodworking,”Joinery”. The plus side of Pocket hole joinery is that it s quick and it takes very little equipment as others of stated.this table is fun quick project and the pocket hole joinery should hold up reasonably well as long as the top is not connected to the apron with pocket screws.
Thanks for sharing this Nick this is good project for the first-time woodworker.

- a1Jim

I couldn’t have said it better myself – I’m so glad you understood the overall message – it is a nice low cost way to enter the hobby – as for the top I reverted to attaching it at 2 points with screws – I placed one on each side about 1” from the joint in the top – I’m hoping this will allow each board to expand and contract freely – for a quick table like this I think that does pretty well – on the maple dresser I did years ago I made wooden clips to secure the top that ride in biscuit slots to allow movement – when I get time I will try and share that one as well

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#12 posted 03-21-2015 07:24 PM

Thanks Nick

I know folks who can’t afford a lot of tools think that it takes”$20,000” worth of tools to woodwork with but that’s not necessarily true,I’ve seen a number of new woodworkers on LJs that have built projects with a Harbor freight pull saw,a combination square,and some low-cost chisels and a few of them had no inside workspace to work in.These folks have built some super projects. Think about all of the old master woodworkers,they had no power tools and made most of their tools they had, and now some of the furniture they made sells for millions of dollars.
It really boils down to is to how badly you want to make something,Sure it’s harder without tons of cool tools,but it is still possible. Once you decide to do it you can as long as you keep trying. My first project I only had a borrowed circular saw a screw gun(and that’s when they were 2.9 volts) and hammer and nails. Did I build it perfectly and was it beautiful,no but it was a start, from that point on I gained experience and more tools. The whole idea is to have fun and learn as you go along.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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