|Project by Brianthesawdustmaker||posted 09-27-2015 11:33 PM||1616 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I just finished a couple of tables which I’m happy to share with everyone. I only have one pictured but they are essentially carbon copies of each other.
The tables were designed to be small bedroom tables and eventually homework tables. They are red oak and match most of the other ‘mission style’ furniture that we have in our home. They utilize mortise and tenon joinery and I used through tenons for the first time. The small 1/4” pegs are walnut, which hold the through tenons in addition to glue. The drawer has half blind dovetail joints made using a Porter Cable jig/router. I admire you guys that hand cut them—I hope to get there someday myself. I’m super economical and so I cut and glued a bunch of scraps together to use for the top. After doing this, I started researching wood movement and the seasonal swell/shrink cycle wood goes through every year so I’m nervous the tops will crack out in time. I figured the worst case would be that I need to put a new top on them if that happens. I built a kitchen island (which is posted on LJ’s) and I was pretty proud of my design for the top—-until it cracked the first winter. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are the way we learn I guess.
The project is stained and finished with brushed on oil-based polyurethane. Time consuming, but a pretty good finish which I’ve had good luck with in the past.
Overall, I was pretty pleased. Please share any thoughts/feedback. Thanks for looking!
-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!