Thorsen Side Table

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Project by cheller posted 06-01-2007 05:15 AM 3302 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My table is fairly close in design to the plans. The overall size matches the plans.

I chose walnut and cherry – the top, shelf, inlay and drawer handle are walnut; the aprons, stretchers, legs and breadboards are cherry; and the drawer is aspen and plywood, and the drawer runners are maple. The breadboards were cut from a single board and are bookmatched.

I increased the size of the shelf to fill the space from front to back. This is both practical, we always need places to pile stuff, and a nod to the original Greene and Greene Thorsen House Side table which had a full size shelf. The shelf is floating with tenons riding in dadoes cut into the stretchers.

I added a drawer for storage space and to accommodate this the cutouts were changed to inlays. The drawer handle is made from three layers of walnut. Layer one is the inlay, layer two and three are 3/8” thick and were stack cut on the scroll saw to match the inlay. The middle layer was then trimmed to an elliptical shape to leave finger space. The drawer features hand-cut dovetails on all corners. The drawer sides have dadoes which ride on the drawer runners. A spacer attached to the back apron (scrap walnut and mahogany) keeps the drawer from being pushed too far into the table.

Instead of the quirks which were called for in the plans, I added a chamfer to all of the exposed edges. I had planned to add plugs, but those were abandoned due to time constraints.

The joints between the aprons, stretchers and legs are mortise and tenon as called for on the plans. The mortises were cut on the router table, the tenon shoulders were cut on the table saw, and finished on the router table.

All of the walnut parts were stained with General Finishes gel stain (Spiced Walnut). Finally the entire table received two coats of amber shellac.

For details on the construction see my blog. I’ll be adding more to that. There is also some information at my other (non-LumberJocks) blog.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 05:18 AM

Great table.

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

Time constraints? you have nearly an hour to spare! ;)

The handle blends into the inlay design… if only there was a way to set it flush and have it somehow pop out when needed – making it a secret drawer… hmmm…

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

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 07:06 AM

Snuck it in under the wire! Nice!

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

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 03:58 PM

lol @ Scott.

great job. Love the drawer.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 08:17 PM

Very nice, I’m glad you made it on time. 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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#6 posted 06-02-2007 10:03 PM

I really like the full size walnut shelf. It looks spectacular.

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

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 10:25 PM

Its a great table glad you finished and got entered. That was quite an accomplishment for me I know, so be glad you gotter done. jockmike

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2007 04:57 AM

Cheller, your table turned out great! I love the handle for the drawer and the way you matched it with the inlay that you did. The full shlef looks good, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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