Finger Joint side tables/benches

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 06-22-2016 02:41 AM 1907 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid Mahogany side tables which could serve as small bench seats in a pinch. Ebony square plugs. Design is unique as far as I know and as usual, the plans start with a simple sketch on a piece of copy paper that I’ve only printed on the front. I edit as I go. Did most of the wood cleanup over 2 years ago on some 2’ish cutoffs I got locally. Made the beveled cuts after a year of thinking about how I’d do it, then finally, last fall, I started making the fingers fit and smoothed them out. BLO/MS/Poly blend 3 coats, final minwax gloss….never should have done that, but they still look great. I may one day sand them down again and do the blo/MS/Poly again a few more times to get the look I want with some protection. Have some more projects coming next week. Sorry I’ve taken so long. Not idle, just too many projects at the same time and none completely finished until now. Thanks for looking.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 06-22-2016 04:30 AM

Beautiful little table/benches, Scott. How are the tops attached. They look to be floating above the vertical finger ends. Nice illusion. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 06-22-2016 07:39 AM

What Candy said, Scott. They’re lovely.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 10:00 AM

Beautiful, nice design!

-- Think, make and share.

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#4 posted 06-22-2016 12:15 PM

Candy and Mark, this should give you the answer of how I floated the top. I screwed through the bottom, through the standoffs and into the top. Those tops are 1.5” thick and it tapers from the bottom to the top, similar to an insert for a frame and panel. The picture quality makes the finish look hideous, but I assure you it’s not.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 06-22-2016 01:24 PM

Ahhh, now I see. Thanks!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 06-22-2016 02:00 PM

Very nice Scott. The design is attractive with nice details.
I like the rings on the holes (or are they portlights?) :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 06-22-2016 02:14 PM

different very nice looking


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#9 posted 06-22-2016 04:32 PM

Very nicely done arts & craft style tables Scott.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-22-2016 06:13 PM

Scott, these really look nice and they have a great design.

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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#11 posted 06-22-2016 11:43 PM

That’s a great looking set of tables/benches! The mahogany looks great, and those finger joints are really something—I’m sure you’re enjoying them every day!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 06-23-2016 12:21 AM

Thank you all for the kind words. These took a long time because they were made for me, so they always took the back seat and dusty dirty corners of my garage. Amazing how long some things take to make. Sometimes the confidence just doesn’t feel right the day you want to make the one shot cuts, so you let it go for a little and work on other things until you stand up to yourself and say “Do it ya big ol’ wussy” And I’m glad I got past that. I had to make a big ol’ sliding jig for the table saw to cut the angled fingers, and I was amazed that in the end, all it took was a swipe here or there with some 100Grit and the slid right together like buttah. Thanks again everyone for the confidence building words you’ve shared.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#14 posted 06-23-2016 04:13 AM

Well deserved top 3 for all of the reasons mentioned by those above!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 06-23-2016 05:37 AM

Amamizing design with those extended fingerjoints, also with little G&G details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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