Stickley Tabouret 603.1

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Project by visualj posted 04-20-2015 01:11 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call it Tabouret 603.1 because I made it out of walnut instead of oak or cherry. I got the plans from the ‘Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture’ by Bob Lang. It is probably the first piece I made that is fairly close to the original plans. Usually I change something to fit a spot, or decide something should look another way. But the dimensions and look hit it right with this. At least to me.

I went with walnut because my fiancé does not really like the pronounced grain of oak, and cherry will be a bit too red for our new house.

I started with some rough cut walnut that I had picked up a while ago. Since my power tools are in storage, everything was done by hand, except cutting the circle top. I cheated on that and used a circle cutting jig with a router.
Finish is one coat of boiled linseed oil, covered with three coats of garnet shellac.

One odd thing is that when I glued up the legs and stretchers I had them perfectly flat, in the basement. But when I brought it upstairs they twisted about an 1/8”. Both of them. I know the tenon cheeks were parallel to the side of the stretchers and the mortises were the same in the legs. I can only think that it was a little more humid in the basement and very dry upstairs at the time. Since then, the humidity is up a bit and they have gotten close to flat again. It is not noticeable and this is the only time anyone will hear about it. ;)

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 06:10 AM

It’s just as pretty with walnut, great job.
I made mine from mahogany (sapele).

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 03:39 PM

I really like this little Stickley table. I made two for our house, and it probably wasn’t enough. They are just the right size for a small side table. Yours looks quite fetching in walnut, and I can see you did a great job with it. I am even more impressed that it was a hand tool build.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 05:19 PM

Thanks for the comments. The color is not as mismatched as it appears in the first picture. The joint is not as pronounced as that.

Bake, that sapele table is a beaut.

I agree, the size of this fits in a lot of places. I was going by the drawings and wanted a simple table as a project. When I finished it, the proportions looked even better. Doing it by hand isn’t that big of a deal, once it was planed down. I never really noticed the chilly basement that day.

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#4 posted 04-20-2015 11:34 PM

visualj, you did a fine job with this table. It is a wonderful style and the walnut is perfectly suitable if not “traditional”.

-- Art

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#5 posted 04-20-2015 11:56 PM

Great job; nice clean work. I made one similar a few years ago, and expect I’ll make another one at some point.

I admire your doing the work with hand tools. If I can’t plug it in or recharge it, it’s going to sit on a shelf & collect dust.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 01:51 AM

Love Stickley, this one looks real nice. It’s pretty funny, my wife claims not to like oak, yet we bought a dresser at a garage sale down the street, and it is QSWO. I’m looking at dismantling another broken piano, also with an awesome QSWO veneer. Her parents bought it new in the ‘60s. She has asked me to make her something with the lid (spectacular rays). I’m not going to tell her it is oak. =D

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 04-22-2015 12:03 AM

Nice build, love the walnut.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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