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Project by Russel posted 1957 days ago 1045 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece will be getting married in the near future and she and her new husband will be starting their lives together. I remember starting out. I also remember not having a lot of things (mostly used), and not having a lot of room in our small appartment. This seems to be a typical experience. So, for them, I made this small farm table that should fit in most any kitchen or small appartment.

The top, when fully extended is approximately 37 inches square. When the sides are dropped, it comes in at about 20 inches. The design is basic and should be adaptable to most decors. And because the happy couple currently resides in Utah, will be married in Michigan and have not yet settled on a final residence (though Boston is often mentioned), the legs are attached with corner brackets so they can be easily removed for shipping.

The table is made of red oak, stands 30 inches tall and is finished with four coats of wipe-on poly.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 1957 days ago

Russel – The red oak looks great and a nice thought! I am sure they will enjoy it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 1957 days ago

Nice job, Russel! I agree that this will be an excellent gift for a couple starting out.

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

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#3 posted 1957 days ago

Looks great. Nice way to start out the new couple. I am sure they will use it for many years to come.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 1957 days ago

Nice job of grain matching. Nothing like a handmade gift.Straight from the heart. I love to do that also


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#5 posted 1957 days ago

IMHO red oak only looks really good if it is QS or Riftsawn like you have on the top. Did you fill the pores? It looks very nice. Classic even!

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#6 posted 1957 days ago

Very nice job. My wife and I started with a display stand from a store as our dining table. Your niece is a lucky woman.

-- Fin - Ottawa, IL

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#7 posted 1955 days ago

You did a fine job on that table! Keep up the good work. I’m sure that piece will be in the family for many years (and birthdays) to come.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#8 posted 1955 days ago

Very nice. I like the grain selection: Lots of quarter and rift?

Very thoughtful addition.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 1955 days ago

Thanks for the comments and views folks. Fortunately, I have a friend who sells lumber and he keeps his eye out for me. These particular pieces of oak were selected by him as he was sorting his stock. He puts them in his “Russel Pile” and the next time I stop by I typically have some really nice board to choose from.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 1939 days ago

I’ve never seen such beautiful Oak ! You’ve done a great job on this wonderful gift : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 1939 days ago

I’ve been realy lucky since I met my buddy Dennis, he’s finds me boards with lots of character.

-- Working at Woodworking

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