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Project by JonH posted 2513 days ago 1715 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another fine project from my woodshop class at Wahoo. This was a project from Wood Magazine (October 2006 pg 62) that a junior did. He spent a lot of time and effort on this. We found the instructions to be clear and efficient. It was a very nice project, the nicest project done this year. I hope to have more nice projects like this in years to come.

We used oak plywood for the rounded face, one large piece of cherry for the top, and 8/4 red oak for the legs.

Link to the project on Wood Magazine’s site: http://woodstore.net/sigrbowfrta.html

Enjoy the pics!





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mot

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#1 posted 2513 days ago

Really nice job. I’ve made a few things from Wood Magazine. I find their plans and instructions to be really top notch. He did a great job!

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

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Bill

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#2 posted 2513 days ago

Very nice job! How did you bend the plywood for the curved front?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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JonH

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#3 posted 2513 days ago

To get the curved front, we used a jig from Wood Magazine. They have all jigs required right there with the plans for the table! It was basically a box joint jig that we used to create lot of 1/8 (blade width) cuts that were spaced 1/8” apart on the backside of the oak plywood. By cutting through the plywood up to the last layer, it gave the plywood flexibility like a slinky! The last layer was left intact so the oak would appear continuous. This method works great for any type of rounding you need to do. The deeper the cuts and the more cuts you make will determine the corner you can turn. You can do this for a deck and get a rounded corner from a 2X12 (not load bearing).

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Bill

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#4 posted 2513 days ago

That is great Jon. I thought there might be some cuts involved, but did not realize there were so many. I thought you might have had to do some steaming instead. Do you cover the back where all the cuts are, or just leave as is? I could see adding another piece of plywood cut the same way, but bent the other way in back to provide the look of solid wood.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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crash

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#5 posted 2513 days ago

finally Jon got my table put up here.

-- woodworker/student--- kylekastanek77@hotmail.com

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2513 days ago

this i WONDERFUL !!!!

I’d love these types of tables. Works really well for space.. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2512 days ago

This may put this young man on the woodworking path for the rest of his life, with the praise he will get for this. Beautiful table. jockmike

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

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fred

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#8 posted 2512 days ago

Beautiful table. Great job.

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

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crash

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#9 posted 2512 days ago

thank you lockmike and fred for the praise. it took alot of time but was worth it in the end.

-- woodworker/student--- kylekastanek77@hotmail.com

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woodnot

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#10 posted 2076 days ago

Very nice finished table !!! Good Job.

-- NW wood worker

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Shopsmithtom

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#11 posted 1764 days ago

I just stumbled across this project…great job. It’s almost and exact clone of a very old table that I have in my front foyer….just a subtle difference in the leg profile. I love the look. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 1764 days ago

Well done I love when students go for it and end up with a great peoject like this table. Good Job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1174 days ago

Sweet Looking Table! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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