Starting Out

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Project by Russel posted 04-11-2009 02:19 PM 1189 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 04-11-2009 03:09 PM

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 04-11-2009 03:29 PM

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 04-11-2009 04:05 PM

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 04-11-2009 07:10 PM

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 04-11-2009 09:40 PM

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 04-12-2009 12:25 AM

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 04-13-2009 03:56 PM

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 04-13-2009 04:15 PM

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 04-13-2009 05:28 PM

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 04-29-2009 04:57 PM

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 04-29-2009 09:37 PM

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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