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Gustav Stickley No. 603 Tabouret

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Project by gizmodyne posted 06-16-2007 05:10 PM 5538 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tabouret in 2005 during my spare time in my woodworking table class. The main table was the Greene and Greene Style Coffee table which we built mostly step by step. I work pretty fast so I had a lot of down time.

I found the drawings for this table in the Robert Lange book: Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

The table was the first project I built from quartersawn white oak. I bought the lumber at the school so the pickings were slim… they don’t carry very much oak.

I joined the rails with half-laps. These rails and the top rails (not shown) join with mortise and tenon. They are also pegged with oak dowels.

The top is a three piece glue up. The top is attached with screws through elongated holes through the upper rails.

I chamfered the bottom of the legs to give it a floating look

The finish (which I hate): dye, shellac, dark brown glaze, shellac, wax. It feels nice to the touch but I did not know what I was doing with the dye.

Skills learned: half-laps, cutting a circle on the bandsaw, using shellac, mixing dyes, applying wax

Lessons learned:
- Match the grain! When I glued up the legs I used a mix of quarter and rift sawn. It just looks wrong. Same on the top.
- Let the finish dry before applying more color. Otherwise it gets darker and darker and darker…

Good parts:
- It is functional side table, but I might strip it and refinish it at some point.
- My teacher liked the table design so much, he made it the new project for the class.
- Also, some nice ray flecking on the rails.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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#1 posted 06-16-2007 06:00 PM

Nice quarter sawn, good use to show it off. I like the finish too. Good job.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#2 posted 06-16-2007 06:03 PM

I love the finish… it looks so… hmm antiquish.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 06-16-2007 06:12 PM

Thanks: That is my specialty: “antiquing” during the building process.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#4 posted 06-16-2007 07:25 PM

Nice Giz….

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#5 posted 06-16-2007 09:46 PM

Well done. I really like the top.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-16-2007 10:00 PM

Nice table. The table does look like an antique with owrk spots in the finish, and darker at the joints.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 06-16-2007 11:03 PM

Thanks Wayne and Karson: that is accomplished with the glaze and dark wax.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#8 posted 06-17-2007 03:41 AM

A Classic – I love it!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 06-17-2007 04:10 AM

Quarter sawn oak is some solid dang furniture wood. I bet some of the stuff we see out of it today will be around a thousand years from now. Nice job on the table.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 06-17-2007 04:18 AM

Great looking table. You did a great job on the finish. What color of dye did you use?

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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#11 posted 06-17-2007 05:18 AM

Hi and thanks for the comments,

The dye is mission brown with a little black in it. Water based.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 06-17-2007 12:49 PM

Great looking table, it looks like it could be 100 years old.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 06-17-2007 01:02 PM

It looks alright to me…why don’t you like the finish?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 06-17-2007 04:06 PM

Thanks for the comments.

It is hard to tell in the photo, but it is very uneven on the top. I think I sanded too hard. It was before I understood scuff sanding. There are also some cross grain sanding marks. It is a little too red as well.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#15 posted 06-18-2007 01:17 AM

John -

This strick a chord with me – great project. I love Stickley furniture. My wife and I have had the chance to collect a few pieces. I greatly admire the style, lines & finish. Great job!

How would you do the dye and finish if you could do it over (just trying to learn for future projects in my shop!)?

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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