Kitchen Table Organizer

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-22-2016 04:17 PM 1362 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for our park model trailer in Arizona It holds the salt,pepper, sugar and napkins in one place on the table. I hope my wife wants to keep it. I had it started in Az and finished it up today. It is made from a piece of scrap mesquite. I just had enough from the one piece to make it.

The napkin holder blades are doweled and screwed in place.The front of the base is a natural edge. All the pieces have some sap wood but no bugs!

I did not have a 3 1/16” Forstner bit so the base spent a little time on the lathe to bore that center pocket. I plugged all the holes with mesquite dowels,

It is finished with Danish oil and clear satin lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 05:14 PM

very nice, well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 05:39 PM

Beautiful WOOD!

COOL simple useful project!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 05:46 PM

Very nice Jim, I’m going to be building some similar to this using somthing like an 8” log, I’ll do the shaker holder and I set a rod down into it for the paper towel holder.

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 05:55 PM

“The napkin holder blades are doweled and screwed in place.”
Dowels and screws, Jim? An industrial napkin holder?
It’s very pretty.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 05:58 PM

I see your wife don’t hasitate to keep all the good stuff. Very nice little ’’scrap’’ project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 07:56 PM

Really neat Jim. I notice you almost always get the wood centered in your projects. I know you strive for that, but I never have the right pieces to do so. If your wife doesn’t like it, it will be easy to sell. Love that Mesquite.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 09:59 PM

Very practical for the trailer Jim, & a nice piece of timber sets it of a treat
cheers bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 04-23-2016 12:28 AM

This’ll look gr8 on any table.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 04-23-2016 12:41 AM

I hope she wants to keep it as well. Give it to her for a present, then she’ll have to keep it. LOL
That looks beautiful, Mesquite is lovely wood.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 04-23-2016 01:28 AM

Woohoo…no bugs….nice!!! Cool project Jim. Well done sir and of course she will want to keep it. How many folks can say they have a custom made mesquite table organizer???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 04-23-2016 01:34 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Mark. I build for the worst case…like if it gets dropped on the floor. I think It can take it.

Hi Dave. I like to play to the grain pattern. Like that out pouching of the wood on the base is the dirt thing I worked to. I like symmetry in a project and try to balance the wood that way.

Hi Bob, she wasn’t real thrilled with it but I’ll send it along to Az and if we don’t use it, it will go in the auction they have in February.

Have a great weekend!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-23-2016 02:21 AM

That’s very nice Jimi. I’m pretty sure she’ll warm up to it.

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#13 posted 04-23-2016 03:10 AM

Neat projects Jim, nice use of the wood and I am sure your wife will keep it. Well maybe??

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 04-23-2016 06:07 AM

Jim, That Mesquite sure is a nice timber…....Very practical and very useful project!!!!
The Danish Oil is always a great finish. Good one Jim.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 04-23-2016 07:08 AM

nice peace,beautiful wood

-- bambi

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