Thorsen Table Challenge Entry

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Project by Greg3G posted 05-29-2007 11:39 PM 2179 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok…Managed to complete the table. Boy was it a challenge in more ways than one (that’s a story for a different time.)

The table is made of quartersawn red oak, the top, aprons, and shelf are made from the same board. The legs and the breadboard ends come another. This caused a slight problem in the finish but not too bad. I turned out OK but I would do a couple of items diffenently next time.

The finish started with yellow dye, then an English Oak stain. That was followed by 3 coats of shellac and 3 coats of water based poly, satin finish.

I have yet to build a peice that I am totally satisfied with, I guess that’s the perfectionist in me coming out.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 12:13 AM

Looks great to me!

I love that you did it in quartersawn oak!

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 12:13 AM

That’s quite a finish schedule! It came our really nice!

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

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 12:17 AM

Congratulations on getting finished Greg. The table looks great. I love the table top with the flecks.

-- 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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#4 posted 05-30-2007 02:05 AM

Great table. Looks great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 02:56 AM

Thanks for the complements, much appreciated. I forgot to mention that I did one other step in the finishing. I used a stain/varnish mix to darken the cut outs in the aprons.

The camera didn’t pick up all the ray flecks in the the legs and aprons, I am a wood worker, not a photographer for a reason :)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 03:55 AM

I thought the cut outs looked darker….nice touch…sets them off. Nothing wrong with this table Greg…I’d be happy to have it in my home!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 04:07 AM

It looks really good to me. Nice affect with the quartersawn lumber.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 05:24 AM

Nothing wrong with this table, it looks very nice to me. I like the oak. Nice finish. Goodd luck. jockmike

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

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#9 posted 05-30-2007 06:24 AM

Wonderful work Greg. I like the cut outs for the aprons. You can see this was a Thorsen Table inspiration.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 05-30-2007 06:47 AM

I like the subtilty of your piece. Clean lines coming from the same board. Well done.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#11 posted 05-30-2007 12:47 PM

A nice piece of work.
I think it’s unique, & antique looking, are you sure you didn’t pick it up at a Greene & Greene antique auction. LOL

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

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#12 posted 05-30-2007 03:34 PM

Nicely done, Greg. That’s a handsome table.


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#13 posted 05-30-2007 07:58 PM

Great job, Greg, and congratulations on finishing your table. I like the oak.

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

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#14 posted 05-30-2007 11:27 PM

Beautiful Job

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#15 posted 05-30-2007 11:38 PM

Just beautiful!, nice job!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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