Thorsen House Side Table

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Project by jmc posted 06-01-2007 02:51 AM 1954 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m finally ready to submit this thing.

My goal from the start was to actually complete something in my shop. I thought the deadline would give me enough pressure to get it done.

I had lots of complications along the way. Most of the time that I was able to get to the shop was during late night hours with the kids asleep. Therefore, I had to break out the hand tools in a big way. While this added a lot of fun to the project, it also added a lot of time (which I didn’t really have). I also learned all the things I need to do in my shop to make it somewhat productive.

I used 4/4 rift sawn and quarter sawn white oak. I have no band saw so I tried to hide my laminations in the straight grain wood. My top is a little hefty because I was thicknessing it with hand planes, I didn’t feel like taking it down too far. I was happy with the added thickness until I made up some massive breadboard ends that made the table look too bulky. I decided to not breadboard the top and I kind of like the simplicity of it. I also chose not to add the pegs, stretchers, or the lower shelf. I used haunched tenons to add a little strength given that I was going strecherless. I also get a cleaner mortise when I can cut the first third on my dado blade. I tried to keep it minimalist so it wouldn’t stand out too much against my other furniture.

I kind of rushed the finishing so I’ll probably go back and add some more protection. I also need to buy some tiny files so I can clean up my scroll work :-).

Anyway, had lots of fun. Maybe I’ll try and finish the next challenge a full day ahead of the deadline.

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 02:54 AM

Great Job JMC. Congratulations for getting finished.

I new the sandbaggers would be out tonight.

Its a great table and its your design.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-01-2007 03:02 AM

Thanks. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, looks like it’s time to mow the lawn.

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 12:49 PM

Good job and join us sand baggers, we all came out tonight. I’ts a great looking table just the same. jockmike

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

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 01:49 PM

Excellent table, nice lines

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 03:33 PM

Very nice. I love the photos as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-02-2007 12:42 AM

great table and I love the presentation—in its natural environment!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 06-02-2007 01:17 AM

This has been a great challenge, outlining the skills of some wonderful woodworkers. Thanks!

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

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#8 posted 06-02-2007 02:22 AM

nice… I hesitate to say, simplification. Great job at working with hand tools, and I like the cleaner appearance of this one very much.

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

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#9 posted 06-02-2007 10:08 PM

Good clean lines. A great table. Well done.

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

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