2 Trapezoid Tables in Red Oak

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-14-2016 08:28 PM 1008 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife saw a trapezoid table design she liked. But it was a dark colored particle board table.

She requested I build 2 tables in Oak to match decor of her other furniture.

The resulting 5.4 degrees on the table legs about drove me nuts, but I figured out how to handle them.

I beaded the legs using the router table, and also selected a table top edge design that I also made on the router table.

To accommodate expansion and contraction, I used steel table top fasteners in a saw cut groove. I also have an 1/8” gap between the table leg and the lower shelf. This gives a 1/4” allowance for movement on the lower shelf, which I hope is adequate given the relatively small width of the shelves.

I used Behlen’s grain filler to give the shiny gloss appearance.

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations in building these trapezoid tables, see my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 01:17 AM

Yes, I have learned that if it isn’t 90 degrees, the complexity goes up greatly. Good job and good job describing the issues.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

View DaleMaley's profile


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#2 posted 01-15-2016 01:38 AM

Yes, I have learned that if it isn t 90 degrees, the complexity goes up greatly. Good job and good job describing the issues.

- alholstein

I have problems with angle projects before, but I didn’t expect this one to be too big of a deal. But it took me a while to get the table-saw and drill press mortising set-ups done right :)


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 03:01 PM

Nice work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 01-15-2016 04:26 PM

The result was worth the frustration. Very nice project that’s unique

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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