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Project by David posted 06-23-2009 03:25 PM 1982 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first attempt at M&T jointery. Table is made out of Oak from Home Depot. Still didn’t have a table saw at that point so was unable to mill larger chunks of wood. As such, I had to glue 2 1X2’s together for the legs. Also, I didn’t know how to propery attach the table top to the apron and actually used a tongue-and-grove style joint to glue-up the two. Luckily, the table top is small so hopefully it won’t expand/contract too much and cause issues. Finished with 3 coasts of a home-made wiping vanish which is 1/3 pure tung oil, 1/3 polyurethane and 1/3 paint thinner.

-- dcutter

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 03:50 PM

Nice job David. Good design and looks very well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 03:54 PM

I think you did a great job Dave ! So how are you cutting your lumber ? Radial Arm ?

-- Use your imagination ! you'll be suprised

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 07:08 PM

Looks great!

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

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 08:30 PM

You made that WITHOUT a table saw?? Holy cow! I’m impressed! Well done—very well done. I’m about to embark on my first effort with M&T joinery myself. Hope it turns out as well as yours did. :)

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 08:50 PM

Excellent job. Great design. I’m looking to build something like that myself.

-- Terry

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 11:02 PM

Nice table. I’m in the boat as you, no table saw. I’ve attached my table tops with pocket screws, tenon mortise joints everyhere else. Only time will tell if mine holds up, I never thought of using tongue-and-grove style joint to glue-up the top. I’ll be watching your post to see what the pros have to say.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#7 posted 06-23-2009 11:38 PM

This would look twice as nice if you made another one LOL. Great job cool clean design a great table

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 06-24-2009 03:23 AM

That’s a great project. You worked with what you had to work with. Came up with a terrific design, that’s key, and did a super sharp, clean, piece of furniture. Well done!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 06-24-2009 03:59 PM

Thanks for the nice words. I had been using a skill saw with a straight edge and clamps to make the cuts. Now, however, I do have a table saw (bought a Rigid from Home Depot) which was a great purchase. Since I’ve been building lots of stuff with M&T joints I also bought a Delta Tenoning jig which I absolutely love and highly highly recommend.

-- dcutter

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#10 posted 06-25-2009 02:14 AM

I am glad to see you bought a tablesaw…Buying oak from home depot because of no saw ouch! I am sure you know how much cheaper you could have bought lumber from a hardwood supplier it oesn’t take many projects for the tablesaw to pay for itself!I use pocket screws for most of my tops and havn’t had a failure yet. You could also use “glue blocks” small blocks 3/4”x3/4”x 2 1/2” long glued to the apron and run screws up from the bottom to hold the top to the apron.Nice work keep it up!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#11 posted 06-25-2009 03:07 PM

Really nice job! My wife has been asking me for a table like this for a while now. Did you design this yourself? I am new to woodworking and am a little hesitant to design something myself. This table is really sharp looking.

-- Hey, It will always make good firewood!!

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#12 posted 06-25-2009 03:36 PM

I did design myself however based it off of basic mission style furniture. A colleague I work with pointed out Stickley furniture which is where I got the idea. Honestly, there’s not much to “designing” your own stuff. Just sketch somethng up on paper and figure out your dimensions and sizes and go to it. Cheers, David

-- dcutter

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