Side Table for my office

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Project by woodsman posted 04-01-2009 06:57 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a side table in my office and decided to build this one. There are no mechanical fastners. The joints are mortise and tennon. The wood is Cherry and the acorn inlay is made of Becote for the top and Maple for the lower half. I have found that if I cut the inlay about a quarter of an inch thick and route it into the top, I can then plane the entire board (if it is glued in well) and because of the 1/4 in thickness strength, my inlays never tend to break when going into a tight fitting router inlay hole.

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 08:40 PM

Very nice!

How do route the inset? I assume you make your own template and use a guide bushing?

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

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 10:09 PM

Charlie in answer to your question, I do my inlays the old way. I scroll saw out (then sand) the inlay. I then double stick tape it to the table top. I then use an exacto knife to trace around the inlay. I then use an 1/8 or sometimes depending on the inlay and how intricate a 1/16 in router bit to plow out the outside line. I then step up with a bigger router bit to plow out the remaining wood. Hope that helps…

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 10:46 PM

Impressive. I don’t trust my freehand ability that much.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 02:00 AM

nicely done. Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 04-02-2009 02:13 AM

That came out beautiful.
Great job.

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#6 posted 04-02-2009 03:46 PM

I’m sure it’s most impressive to visitors to your office.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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