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Project by DaleMaley posted 11-16-2015 12:18 PM 868 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The September 2015 issue of Wood magazine contains plans for a Limbert style end table.

I entered the design into Google Sketchup, so I better understand the design, and can print off full scale paper patterns to use on the project.

I used red oak for my Limbert end table.

I also used Behlen’s grain filler on the top and the lower shelf, to give the mirror finish. You can see the reflection of the coffee cup on the table top in the main photo.

The time consuming part of this project is template routing the 4 legs, then the dowelled assembly of all 4 legs.

I used steel S pieces to attach the top to the legs. This is the first time I used these, and they seemed to work ok. They allow movement when there are changes in temperature and humidity.

The magazine article also calls for making a special router extension, that has a sliding groove. This lets you move the bit into and out of the round table top as you route it. I liked the sliding groove design and it worked well. I will use this design on any future round items I have to route.

To review all of my trials & tribulations of making this table, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 04:58 PM

Nice build Dale.
My wife wants one after she saw it in WOOD’s last issue.
I’m curious about something. WOOD says it should cost about $70 to build this.
Did you find this to be true?
I like your idea on using the grain filler. I will have to give that a try.
Thanks for sharing your project with us.

-- Chem, Central California

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 05:24 PM

Nice work. I like many of the Limbert designs, and you did a fine job with this table.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 10:31 PM

Dale, very nicely done and the finish is excellent.

-- Art

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 10:59 PM

I have been afraid to add up the red oak cost, I’m probably well over the $70 the magazine said.

I have been buying red oak from Menard’s, at $16 per board, 5.5 inches wide and 60 inches long. But a couple of months ago, they raised the price to $20 per board, a 25% increase…......so much for the government’s official 2% inflation rate :)

Menards also has red oak that is not nicely sawn and packaged and it still works fine. It is about 60% of the $20 per board price, or $12 per board. At this pricing range, the cost is still over $70 for the project.

I guess it comes down to the price you have to pay in your area for red oak. I am not aware of any small sawmills in Central Illinois where I could buy red oak cheaper.

Thanks

Dale


Nice build Dale.
My wife wants one after she saw it in WOOD s last issue.
I m curious about something. WOOD says it should cost about $70 to build this.
Did you find this to be true?
I like your idea on using the grain filler. I will have to give that a try.
Thanks for sharing your project with us.

- fivecodys


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 11-17-2015 01:12 AM

Fine looking Limbert taborette! It’ll make a fine addition to your home, and you’ll get to enjoy it for years to come!

-- Dean

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 11-17-2015 10:01 PM

Dale, you are near the heart of Oak country, check for “Hardwood Lumber” in the YP or online. Has to be something somewhere.
I’m in central NM and my hardwood dealer sells RO for about $2.20 /bf (your 5.5×60 would probably cost $11). This S3S, but you can usually get 10”+ wide easily.

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