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Project by Jeff posted 1915 days ago 2509 views 24 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my very first attempt at designing and building piece of furniture(I don’t really count high school shop, that stuff was years earlier). It was actually the first piece of furniture that I made with or without a design. My wife and I saw this table while on a trip to NYC in Sept. of 2002. I had taken some vacation during the holidays and this is what I made. I wish I still had the photo I took of the original table in the store (I’m sure they wouldn’t have liked me to take it in the first place). I don’t feel so bad for stealing the design, mainly because I only used it for myself and not to make any money from. Anyway, the construction is loose mortise and tennon joinery. The only metal in the whole thing are the screws for the hinges. This was also my first attempt at using a lathe, at the time I didn’t have one so I used a friends. I patterned the legs from some existing furniture that we had only a different scale. I don’t have a picture of it with finish, but I used several coats of tung oi. We set a lot of drinks on this table and so far no rings, just a good wiping down usually cleans it up well. I think the only tools I used were a table saw, drill, lathe and lots of scraping and sanding.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.





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jack1

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#1 posted 1915 days ago

This is neat. Is it also supposed to be a step stool or a display table? Did you use the Domino system for the joinery? I like it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Jeff

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#2 posted 1915 days ago

I forgot what the name of the system is, but it is a simple jig that you clamp to the wood then use a drill to drill out the tennon. You have to use the tennons that look like 5 dowels joined together side by side. Not sure how to explain without pictures and I didn’t see it on Woodcraft’s site. We mostly use the table in the “table” position with a lamp and stuff. It’s not meant to be stood on at all, although I’m sure it would hold a couple hundred pounds with no problem.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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Christopher

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#3 posted 1915 days ago

I agree with Jack, this is an interesting design well executed.

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darryl

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#4 posted 1915 days ago

definately an interesting design…
nice work on the project, it looks great!

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Rustic

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#5 posted 1915 days ago

well executed, nice design

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Russel

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#6 posted 1915 days ago

I am fascinated by furniture that can change into something else. This piece is pretty spiffy. Good job.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Toolz

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#7 posted 1915 days ago

What a neat idea. Well done

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Splinterman

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#8 posted 1915 days ago

Hey Jeff, that turned out real good and multi functional too.
I think the tool you used for the job was a – “Mortise Mate”.

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BeachedBones

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#9 posted 1914 days ago

Transformers, more that meets the eye. Sweet man, I love it.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 1914 days ago

((applause for the designer))

Fantastic creation!!

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

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degoose

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#11 posted 1904 days ago

I like the idea and your execution of the project is faultless.. pity no pics of the finished project//
BTW I thought the jig might have been a ’’Beadlock’
Drill the first holes and move it over a little and drill more holes between the holes already drilled.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Jeff

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#12 posted 1901 days ago

Yes, beadlock is the jig I used. Just saw ithttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/17590# at the store to remind me of the name.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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SgtSnafu

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#13 posted 1778 days ago

I really like this – it will fit the bill for a need I have in the shop.

Thanks for sharing !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1776 days ago

Cool design well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodworm

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#15 posted 1743 days ago

Very nice design and neat build.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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