Farmhouse Table, Buffet and Bench Set

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-14-2015 10:08 PM 3641 views 2 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Timeframe: Mar – May 2015

Wood Used: Construction Grade 2×6 White Pine for Tops, Pine aprons, BORG Pre-Turned Legs

Galoot Index: Maybe a 7? That based on use of hand planes for all finished surfaces, but cross-cuts and rips were done a lot with the RAS and table saw. M&T joinery is a plus, along with hand-cut half blind dovetails in the drawers of the buffet, but mortises via electron-killing mortiser was a definite non-galoot cheat.


- First, the need.

This is a commission job, my first. Details in the blog, so I’ll say go there to learn more. I will say this is an internet-based build (Ana White?) that I modified to fit the way I would build it. Lots of communication and status with the client so they’d be fully ‘in the know’ on what they’d get and how it’d be built. Very pleased with the process and the outcome.

- Now, the motivation.

Getting paid to spend time in the shop, with a six-week (loose) schedule. Can’t beat that! Plus, a learning experience in more ways that one.


Again, gonna be a bit lazy with the project post and steer you towards the blog for details on the build. Sorry to do that, it’s not like me, but things are kinda crazy with the calendar this May. Maybe I’ll fill in details at a later date, so until then, check out the blog. And as always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 10:14 PM

Those are real beauty’s, great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 10:42 PM

Well done Smitty, enjoyed following this build on the blog.
Congrats on your successful first commission project!

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 10:53 PM

Great job Smitty! I had fun following your blog. Wish I had time to blog projects, but barely have enough time to read others peoples.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 12:11 AM

These turned out great, Smitty! I’m sure your client will be very happy with them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 12:48 AM

Nice work Smitt, you should take on some more commissions.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 01:09 AM

Good job.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#7 posted 05-15-2015 01:51 AM

They look great Smitty.

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#8 posted 05-15-2015 01:59 AM

Did good Smitty!

Only one bench for the table? You did take good notes for when they want the second one?

Now…the time reckoning. PM me.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#9 posted 05-15-2015 02:02 AM

We knew it would turn out well and it did for sure. Getting paid to play in the shop but plenty of time to finish it in sounds nice too.

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#10 posted 05-15-2015 02:28 AM

Smitty, that looks great! The contrast of the stained pine and the white painted legs is striking (in a good way). Easy to see why they are pleased. Thanks for sharing. Going to check out the blog…

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 05-15-2015 02:30 AM

Those came out great.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 05-15-2015 02:50 AM

I’m beaming with brotherly love at the completion of your first commission;-) Now spend it on sumpin fun.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 05-15-2015 02:55 AM

Smitty, man oh man, ya dun good!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 05-15-2015 04:20 AM

Very nicely done!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#15 posted 05-15-2015 12:02 PM

Thanks, all, for the comments! The pieces were actually fun to build and finish. I’d never completed a furniture project as large as a dining room table and it was good to realize my skills were up to task.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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