Red Oak and Maple Optician Table

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Project by LoganN posted 12-22-2015 04:21 PM 923 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I teach a program at a high school that prepares students for jobs or college work as an optician – a job I was trained by the US Navy to do. I was in need of a small table for my students to take measurements of patients and checking glasses. It was easier for me to build this using the blue big box lumber because I get a deal on wood for the school. I did find a few good boards there
The top was made by laminating red oak and maple strips cut down to give it a better look and keep it from moving too much. The legs were bought pre-glued and I cut them using a bandsaw and taper jig.

I was surprised that the leg supports provide so much stability – it’s very stable in all directions.

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 04:23 PM

Looks great, the supports add a nice touch.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 05:15 PM

That table and the unique design can also have many other uses.

Well done!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 06:29 PM

Another fine project!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 07:39 PM

I am sure you are a wonderful teacher as well as a great woodworker, Really nice table, and the circular cuts for the leg supports look quite challenging.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 08:16 PM

Thanks all! It turned out nicely

For the supports – I laid out them out, cut them with the table saw, them cleaned them up for the curve with a chisel. I’m impressed with how much strength the give the table.

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 10:17 PM

Nice look as always

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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