Guitar pick table #2

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 11-30-2009 03:52 PM 3043 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The construction is basically the same as the first one I did a year ago #2 is slightly longer by about 3” and is made from some to the 50 b.f. of select cherry that I won as first prize with the first one. The top on #2 is attached to the legs using blind wedged dowels and finished with several coats of a tung oil, polly, mineral spirits mixture and then several coats of wax. On this one, not being limited to only one board I was able to pick the best parts of several boards to use for the legs. Paying special attention to the way the grain runs on the lower part of the legs not only for ascetics but for strength as well. I also ran the grain for the hub horizontal rather than vertical to give a better flow to the legs. It now sits happily in a corner of our family room.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 04:30 PM

Great wood selection and joinery. Maybe I’ll live long enough to attempt something like this. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 04:42 PM

Very nice. I like the design, its very original. Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 05:06 PM

vice nice end table.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 11-30-2009 08:45 PM

another awesome job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 12:46 AM

Beautiful work in all areas from design to finish. Impressive.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 02:37 AM

Innovative design, I particularly like the joint you made to attach the legs under the table. What exactly is a blind wedge dowel joint?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 04:07 AM

Love this very different shape and design. Great excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Ken Dixon

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 12:38 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.
Roz rather than taking a short piece of dowel and just gluing it into the holes I made a thin kerf cut in one end with a hand saw then made a small wedge. With some glue added and the wedge just started in the kerf cut I then inserted it into the hole. Since the wedge bottoms out before the dowel as the dowel is pushed in the hole the wedge slides up the kerf cut and spreads the dowel slightly. I then do the same with the other end of the dowel and put the top on. Same idea as a wedged tenon except one the table they are hidden.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 05:34 PM

Wonderful table outstanding design,wood and workmanship.

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#10 posted 12-01-2009 09:44 PM

Hey Ken
For a second I thought, wow, another person is building guitar pick tables! Good Stuff!

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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Ken Dixon

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 12:21 PM

Hey Chris.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#12 posted 12-05-2009 12:44 AM

beautiful build ,

very well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 12-30-2009 11:37 PM

Wow, nice table. I don’t know what kind of music you enjoy but I hate to be at the concert where the band throws that size pick into the crowd. Good catch.

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