Thorsen House Side Table

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Project by fred posted 05-28-2007 07:42 PM 4101 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stayed fairly close to the dimensions of the project plans since I wanted to stay true to the original size. I decided to use lumber readily available in my shop. I had some 5/4 oak stock that would be perfect for the legs and enough 3/4” oak for the aprons and stretchers.

My design interpretation was to continue the cloud lift designs into the aprons by using inlays incorporated into the apron. I used walnut and cherry as the inlay material. Then I incorporated the oak, walnut and cherry into the table top itself. The table top is oak, walnut and cherry end grain with walnut being used for the breadboard ends. Walnut is used for all the pegs. The inlay and pegs are proud of the legs, stretchers and aprons by about 3/32”.

The finish is a mix of tung oil and urethane.

I came away from this project with a sense of purpose and encouragement to mix the details of Greene & Greene and incorporate into my own unique perspective into contemporary furniture making.

You can see a slide show of some of the early parts of the project and also more pictures of the finished project in the blog.

I hope you enjoy the table as much as I did in making it.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 05-28-2007 07:52 PM

Nice going Fred,
I love the end grain tiled top, it looks super, & a nicely put together design of the rest of the table. Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-28-2007 07:53 PM

Great looking table Fred. A nice table top with all of those pieces in the pattern.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 05-28-2007 08:33 PM

so beautiful and artistic

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 05-28-2007 08:36 PM

Great job Fred.

only three days to go so the sandbaggers will start coming out of the woodshop soon.

-- 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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#5 posted 05-28-2007 08:51 PM

Nice table… unique for sure, despite staying close to the plan!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 05-28-2007 08:58 PM

I like your interpretation of the table, Fred. I particularly like the top.

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#7 posted 05-28-2007 09:31 PM

Nicely done….
Lol…listen to Karson talking about the sandbaggers….after having everyone in Southern Delaware build tables with him….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 05-28-2007 10:39 PM

That’s just great, Fred. I love the top!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 05-28-2007 10:47 PM

Great table!

-- Paul, Texas

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#10 posted 05-28-2007 10:57 PM

Now that is a bread board top!

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#11 posted 05-29-2007 12:08 AM

Fred -

I have enjoyed following the progress on your blog and it is a plasure to see the final project. Caongratulations on a beautiful table!


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#12 posted 05-29-2007 06:08 AM

Yea watch who you call a sand bagger, some of us are just impaired….”mentally” or physically. Great job Fred that is beautiful. I love that top for sure, that table will be hard to beat. jockmike

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

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#13 posted 05-29-2007 06:08 PM

Wow Fred, your tabletop is amazing. That isn’t something to be covered with a doily! Very nice work.


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#14 posted 05-29-2007 06:38 PM

Thanks for all your comments. My wife is having a hard time deciding where she will display the table. She first thought it would be in the living room next to the sofa with an antique lamp on it. Then she said that not very many people would be able to see it. Her latest thought is placing it in the entry hall so everyone can see it when they come in. She really likes her table.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#15 posted 05-29-2007 06:38 PM

Sounds like you will have to make another to sell Fred.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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