Thorsen Side Table Challenge01

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Project by furnitologist posted 06-01-2007 03:54 AM 3225 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

JEEEZZZ….....this “little table”, had an awful lot of “stuff” in it to do. Good thing we only needed to shoot a photograph…..mine sure isn’t ready for delivery…..still curing!!!!!

I had a blast building the table, rarely build in solid wood had to dust off the good bench chisels…..those darn little pegs!!!! got away on me; bit too much hammer. My index finger and thumb from sanding the bevel are a little tender… how about yours????

Forgot how dusty solid wood was…..joining and planing and gluing and planing and maching.

I’ve been listening to Matt in the basement and about 4 weeks ago I pulled out my little bull-nose plane that I had used and too often abused and tuned it up, even e-mailed Matt about it. Got a chance to use “him”....the little bullnose on my haunch tenon for the bread board end…..slight little cup in my top…little shave here tiny shave there and it fit right in.

Again….........although a bit rushed….......I’m so glad I got involved, it was a good project and brought back some memories


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#1 posted 06-01-2007 03:56 AM

Great table Neil. I like the handle.

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

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 04:17 AM

Very nice, it looks like you added a drawer. It was fun wasn’t it. 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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#3 posted 06-01-2007 04:23 AM

Great Job Neil. Congratulations on finishing.

I knew the sandbaggers would be out tonight.

-- 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 06-01-2007 04:38 AM

Nice…. you stretched this one a bit…, though it looks perfectly proportional.

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

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 05:52 AM

Neil -

Awesome! Great looking table.


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#6 posted 06-01-2007 07:11 AM

Clean lines! Awesome table!

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

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#7 posted 06-01-2007 08:48 AM

There’s something to be said about sticking to the basics – this is a nice simple interpretation, Neil. It’s amazing just how varied each table has been.

Nice work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 06-01-2007 01:41 PM

Excellent rendition…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#9 posted 06-01-2007 02:25 PM

nice,are you going to show the work on you podcast neil?

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#10 posted 06-01-2007 03:28 PM

Great job.

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

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#11 posted 06-02-2007 12:40 AM

this is such a sweet table. Makes me want to hug it!! :D
Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 06-02-2007 03:34 AM

Great looking table, what kinds of wood did you use? Looks almost like mahogany and walnut.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#13 posted 06-02-2007 10:05 PM

Great table and interpretation. Aren’t making pegs fun?

-- 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 06-03-2007 03:59 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. The positive attitude of this forum is so attractive to me….GREAT!!!!

Scottb has mentioed changing the dimensions, so I put together of quick sketch of the dimensions. My intent was to treat the side table as a nightstand. Here are some further changes I would make. It’s still a bit small for (our habbits) as a nightstand, so I’d work the length and depth again slightly, this would also increase the depth of the lower rail (or shelf). I’d also change the thickness of the interior drawer stock and make the exposed end grain 9/16 or 5/8. I think the 3/4 is a bit to much. Hope this info helps.

Rentman asked about podcast….......well that was the intent but I got so far behind in my work that the time wasn’t there to film, as it was; fumes were pretty heavy when I took the photograph. Maybe down the rode, I’m not sure what the interest would be outside of the Challenge. Thanks for asking though.

Rickin Texas ask about wood selection. I’m not really sure of the exact species, it’s from wood that I had on hand, I’m going to assume it’s Sapelle because that’s all the wood supplier I use, carry’s. And Broadly stated….it’s in the mahogany family. The legs are definitely darker but not as dark as they appear. I think that’s my fast photography. It’s kinda like the top appearing to be 2 toned, that’s just grain direction and the light bounce back. Those colors are the same.

Again, I had alot of fun with this build, but for me It’s more the positive comradery that I like…...THANKS….......Neil

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#15 posted 06-03-2007 04:50 PM

how lond did it take you to make?

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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