Simple Table Build

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Project by DnD posted 06-10-2015 12:41 PM 1808 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coworker asked if I could build him a small table to complement his audio system. Never made a table before however, I’m up for a challenge! So this is what I came up with for the build. Table is 20×20 x 25 from ¾” oak. The legs are laminated and I hand cut the mortis and tenon using the hybrid method of both hand tools and power tools. Two sides of the legs have a 1⁰ taper on the outside keeping the inside square. I was very pleased with my first attempt as they worked exactly as I envisioned. To attach the table top I opted to use a cleat system because I wanted to minimize the use of hardware i.e. screws and allow for expansion and contraction. The top is three pieces which I biscuit joined and glued up using parallel clamps. I used the drum sander to further flatten the overall top. I used Minwax Early American stain and Minwax wipe on Poly in satin for the finish and hand rubbed finishing wax to complete the project. Lots of firsts for me on this project; I am happy with the end result. Now is only my wife hadn’t seen this… now she wants two for the living room

-- Brian in Texas

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 12:56 PM

You can be proud of this excellent workmanship!
Very nice.

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 06:40 PM

Simple, clean and real impressive. How would your wife not want one (or two).

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 08:03 PM

Great Job,

I love simple tables and I love Oak.

Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 06-12-2015 06:43 AM

Do not confuse simple with clean – this is clean. I must admit that I prefer the tapers on the inside to give the table a wider stance appearance. Using cleats to attach the top is very effective and my preferred technique. Can’t wait to see what you build for the wife and be thankful she’s not into French provincial.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#5 posted 06-12-2015 06:44 AM

By the way, welcome to LJ’s, hope you find it as rewarding as I have

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#6 posted 06-12-2015 03:16 PM

Man, it came out great. Your coworker should be ecstatic.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 06-12-2015 04:23 PM

You did a really nice job on this; congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-12-2015 06:06 PM

Very nicely done.
You have a lucky co-worker.
Thanks for sharing.

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#9 posted 06-12-2015 06:15 PM

Simply beautiful!

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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