Craftsman Side Table

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 2581 days ago 2832 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the table from some plans in a American Woodworker magazine. I made it from flat sawn white oak. I wish that I had went ahead and used QS oak. It is a nice size table, and a good height for a living room or bedroom. I thought there would be only one real challenge to making this table, but there ended up being two. The plans called for a 1/8” groove in each leg with a 1/4” hole at each end. I broke two bits try to cut these. It did not seem to matter how small of a cut I took. I finally decide on a 1/4” groove with 3/8” square holes at each end. I think it looks just as good. The other was getting the leg support at the bottom to match up with eight 45 deg angles. I got these to come out with some test cuts, stop block, and a little work with a block plane. Great skill builder project. It was finished with Trans Tint brown dye, and a few coats of poly/oil.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 2581 days ago

A very nice table indeed. I really like the groove with the square at the end, more in keeping with the Mission style…. Also like the matched bottom shelf. Very nice work….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 2581 days ago

Wow! Artistic woodworking at it’s finest. Great job Greg.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 2581 days ago

Nice table. Especially like the detail and design of the lower shelf.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 2581 days ago

Greg -

Great job! Very nice craftsmanship. I like the details and finish.


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#5 posted 2581 days ago

Beautiful work, Greg. I really like A&C designs, and you have done this genre justice.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2581 days ago

Beautiful use of Oak. Very nice figure. Nice job on the finish also. Love the design, is it your own? jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 2580 days ago

Nice job. Are those tenons on the bottom shelf through tenons? I did not see a wedge, so I am wondering if they are held in place with glue or screws?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 2580 days ago

Wonderful work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 2580 days ago

Awesome job Greg. Very well executed! How did you join the lower shelf pieces? Biscuits?

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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Greg Mitchell

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#10 posted 2580 days ago

The tenons at the bottom are through tenons. The mortis was cut at the same angle as the legs. The tenon itself was a separate piece. I had to mortis out the lower shelf. Then cut the mortis in the leg. The tenon was glued into the lower shelf and then glued in place on the leg. All four sections of the lower shelf have a spline that holds them together. The spline was made from 1/4” hardboard.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#11 posted 2580 days ago

Very nice! Looks like with a little tweaking of proportions this would make a good stool design as well.

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

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Greg Mitchell

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#12 posted 2579 days ago

I would have never thought of that, but you are right it would make a nice strudy stool.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#13 posted 2578 days ago

Very nice! I really like the matching of the grain, specially the starburst pattern on the bottom shelf. Great Job!

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#14 posted 2578 days ago

Great looking table.

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#15 posted 2235 days ago

Very nice side table and attention to details.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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