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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 11-13-2015 06:42 PM 933 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.





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#1 posted 11-14-2015 12:29 AM

Very nice looking project Ed. I really like the finished product.

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#2 posted 11-14-2015 04:21 AM

Thanks for posting. I’ve done something similar when I don’t have quite enough of one species and been happy with the result. I like the 45 minute thing, because it’s what works for me in the shop and around the yard, although I hope to gradually extend the average shop time to 2+ hours

-- too old to rock & roll......

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 11:58 AM

It’s a beautiful and functional table. Nice job! You threw me when I read: ”...as low-cost as possible.”. I was thinking, ash and cherry low cost? Nice use of what was on hand.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 02:02 PM

Looks great! Nice solid build and I’m sure she was very happy with it.

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 06:17 PM

Thanks for the kind comments guys, she is definitely happy with it.


It s a beautiful and functional table. Nice job! You threw me when I read: ”...as low-cost as possible.”. I was thinking, ash and cherry low cost? Nice use of what was on hand.

- Lenny

I buy my wood from an old retired guy with a small bandmill who just mills whatever he can find (usually maple, ash, cherry, and hickory). Left rough and aiir dried for a couple years, he sells it cheap, the ash is $0.65 per bd ft and the cherry is $1. So, still pretty affordable. I think this table used around 40 bd ft.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 09:03 PM

This is a very nice looking table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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