|Project by BinghamtonEd||posted 11-13-2015 06:42 PM||983 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a project I finished recently. My wife teaches high-school choir and wanted a table to organize papers, music, etc. on. She provided me with the dimensions, and asked that it be made as low-cost as possible (diapers and day care are expensive). The lower shelf is set back so that she can pull up a stool and sit right up to the table. The table is approximately 70” long, 36” tall, and 22” deep. I had some leftover ash and cherry from other projects, but not enough of either to make the entire table out of a single species. So, this is what I ended up with, and I like the way the cherry really jumps out on the top. This table took me quite a while, between work, the kids, and a class I take on the weekends, I did it mostly in 45-minute increments a couple times per week.
The legs are glued up from smaller stock using the Stickley method for the lamination, my first time doing this, and I liked the way it turned out. All joints that join the legs to the aprons are mortise & haunched/mitered tenons, pulled tight with drawbores using cherry dowels that I made with a home-made doweling plate. The aprons and support pieces that do not join with the legs, but intersect other aprons are all joined using a through tenon, pegged form the top with the cherry dowels. Some of this might seem overkill, but this is going to live at a high school. ‘Nuff said.
The top and shelf are simple edge-glued panels, flattened by hand planes. I did spend around $8 for the Z-style table top fasteners.
The finish is 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal wiped on, and then rubbed out with paste wax and 0000 steel wool.
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