New Writing Table

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Project by fatman51 posted 01-30-2016 05:03 AM 1481 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building the writing table project that is a rough copy of the writing table project that I posted earlier. Mr Customer’s daughter, who saw the original and liked it, drove eighteen hours and rented a Uhaul trailerr to haul it home with. Never would have thought my work could mean so much to anyone.

The new table is a little nicer than the first model. I milled the frame assembly out of poplar, joining the pieces with loose tenons, glue, and hidden pocket screws. I joined the heavy banding to the top rails and the maple plywood top with glue and biscuit tenons, adding strength to the structure. Because I cut the drawer openings out of the front rail, I through bolted the risers between each drawer to preserve the rail’s strength. I installed a plywood panel on the bottom of the drawer guide assembly, which completes the design of the structure and increases strength, trussing the table top. I finished the table with four coats of satin finish Deft brush lacquer. I seldom use brush lacquer on anything so large as a tabletop but it brushed on just fine, dried quickly under the heat lamp, and yielded the requested natural finish with minimal change in color or tone.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 05:06 AM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 07:16 AM

That’s a really sweet-looking table, John. The treatment of the leg/rail assembly is cool. Speaking of cool: I see ice on the ground. Now, I’m not sure I’d have driven eighteen hours in the dead of winter in Colorado. Nonetheless…Ain’t love grand?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 11:22 AM

good looking table – driving time pales compared to a quality piece of furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 11:35 AM


-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 09:00 PM

nice work! – i want to make one of these

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 10:00 PM

That a really elegant looking table. Well Done.

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 12:20 AM

thanks for the positive feedback, everyone! I am pleasantly surprised about the fact that this table made the daily top three. Makes me feel better about the fact that Mr Customer’s daughter had to drive so far to pick it up.

That same icem Mark, has been here since thanksgiving. :( Fortunately, the table went South. The anticipated change in climate factored in to my redesign of the original table. I think love is grand pianos, but then I just read that new book about H. O. Studley’s workbench and tool box.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 02:20 AM

That looks really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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