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Project by Pezking7p posted 07-27-2016 01:13 AM 2133 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everybody.

This is my final case to match my other living room furniture. I made a copy of Thos. Moser’s American Bungalow occasional table, and have mirrored that theme through my own designs.

The table shares some themes with other pieces I’ve made for my living room: reverse tapered legs, long overhangs on table tops, and bevels. This piece is somewhat plainer than others, so I chose a gnarly board for the top to add some contrast and interesting features. There are three ebony bow ties and a large knot that I filled with epoxy.

Everything is solid cherry with poplar for secondary parts. Nearly all finished surfaces are finished with hand tools, and finish is arm-r-seal with wax.

I learned a ton from building all these pieces, and had almost zero experience when I started. I still have little experience but I hope to keep growing as my design and craft skills advance. Next up are some living room chairs.

Thanks for looking. Cheers.

-- -Dan





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jmartel

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 01:24 AM

Nice job, Pez. I like the design a lot.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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EarlS

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 01:37 AM

Very nice, I especially like the bow tie inlays to hold the crack in the top.

I prefer the arm-r-seal to the Thomas Moser finish of linseed oil and wax. We have to constantly reapply the linseed oil and wax to our T. Moser furniture otherwise the wood dries out. The linseed and wax isn’t very durable either.

I’m scared to do something different for fear of ruining the finish.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 02:07 AM

Really nice looking.

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 02:21 AM

I’d have sex with this table. Keep it coming.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 04:48 AM

living room chairs? That’s pretty ambitious, but you should be able to pull it off based on how nice this table turned out. Love the dovetails.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#6 posted 07-27-2016 09:19 AM

Great work very nice, nice flow

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 07-27-2016 11:39 AM

Great job. Your bow ties look mighty fine for someone with “no experience.”

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#8 posted 07-27-2016 11:58 AM

Love the top and the subtle reverse tapered legs!

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#9 posted 07-27-2016 01:30 PM

Looks good Pez. It really turned out great.

I am not sure I have ever built a table with a drawer or two like that where I did not use one continuous board across the front for grain matching. Was that a consideration, or is that not what that style calls for?

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#10 posted 07-27-2016 02:23 PM

looks good now ….. will look even better after it darkens …...... GREAT JOB …..GRATZ ON TOP 3

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 07-27-2016 02:38 PM

Lovely work.
In line behind Fridge…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Pezking7p

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#12 posted 07-27-2016 02:53 PM


I d have sex with this table. Keep it coming.

- TheFridge


Lovely work.
In line behind Fridge…

- terryR


Going to have to charge admission.


Great job. Your bow ties look mighty fine for someone with “no experience.”

- dalepage


Those are my 3rd, 4th, and 5th bow ties. They aren’t quite as nice as they look, but they’re pretty good. Thanks for the compliment.


Looks good Pez. It really turned out great.

I am not sure I have ever built a table with a drawer or two like that where I did not use one continuous board across the front for grain matching. Was that a consideration, or is that not what that style calls for?

- ShaneA


To be 100% honest, that was my plan from the beginning, and is probably more appropriate for any piece of furniture. When I started planning the details, I increased the height of the drawers and my board was no longer large enough to make that piece. Instead of buying another board, I used what I had. I also made the construction more complicated than it had to be (something I seem to excel at), and I think I got somewhat confused about how join everything together in a way that made construction simple (for example, I was not able to use my mortiser to cut a single mortise to accept the front drawer frame, so I attempted to cut two different mortises prior to assembly, one in the leg and one in the thick upper bracket that supports the table top), which made me reconsider the single board concept as well. And, at one point I thought I might be carving or inlaying details into those splats, so what difference would grain matching make in that case?! Pretty much, I fretted and worried myself out of doing what was best for the overall look of the piece. End result: I’m not going to lie, there are parts of this assembly that are so ugly I wouldn’t share them with anyone. Looking back on it now, it’s clear how I SHOULD have done it, but hind sight is 20/20. Lesson learned for the next project.

Thanks for all the comments, everyone.

-- -Dan

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ohwoodeye

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#13 posted 07-27-2016 03:20 PM

Very nice.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Hammerthumb

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#14 posted 07-27-2016 04:32 PM

Although I would not have sex with the table, I think you did a great job. Thanks for showing it Pez.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#15 posted 07-27-2016 04:51 PM

Pretty much, I fretted and worried myself out of doing what was best for the overall look of the piece. End result: I’m not going to lie, there are parts of this assembly that are so ugly I wouldn’t share them with anyone

The results look stellar, don’t be hard on yourself. I like the contrasting drawers, it makes them stand out.
How much is admission?

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