Arts and Crafts Table

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Project by Andy posted 2535 days ago 4836 views 31 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this table using several elements from both Arts and Crafts and Mission styles. I made this for my son Michael’s 10th Anniversary and wanted something to mark it as a milestone. It is about 48” w x 22”d and 30”h and is used as a computer desk. It is Quarter Sawn White Oak, stained with Dalys Old English wiping stain and is finished with Minwax wipe on poly. It has 12 through mortise and tenons which are then wedged with Walnut. The breadboard ends fit over tenons and are screwed through the edge into dowells that are set into the tenons on the ends of the top.They have the edge and end caps in the Greene and Greene style. These work very well to allow for seasonal movement and still conceal the joints. The legs are comprised of four mitered pieces wrapped around a core. This shows fleck on all four sides. As you can see, I inset Walnut squares, some on angle, as accents. The bottom stretcher has three individual tenons at each end, and they were the most painstaking part of the project.There is a single drawer that sets into the front rail and it is all from a single board,and the handle is made from antler. Also,there is a concealed box that pulls down when you reach up under the table top and grap a hidden leather strap. The box swings down on spring loaded hinges that pull it back into postition when you give it a nudge.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 2535 days ago

Very beautiful table. I really like the accents that you have used on the table. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 2535 days ago

Really nice work.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 2535 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 2535 days ago

Looks Great. I would be very interested in how you did the secret box.

-- Che.

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#5 posted 2535 days ago

Thank you all for posting such nice comments!
@Che-The hidden box is very simple,in this case it is about 4”W x 6”L x 3”D.It sets just under the top like a drawer would, but drops downward by reaching up and pulling on a strap I made from leather off of an old boot.The hardware is an Amerock hinge used for mounting a rack for cookbooks on the underside of an upper cabinet.It lets the box drop and move to the front, but a tipout tray hinge would work also.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#6 posted 2535 days ago

Beautiful, please post more pics!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#7 posted 2535 days ago

Great table, i like your details and choice in wood. Is that white or red oak, I always have a hard time telling if I can’t smell it. how did you decide on the “inlays” for your mortise work?

-- --Spoon

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#8 posted 2535 days ago

Beautiful detail work, Andy!

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

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#9 posted 2535 days ago

Fantastic, great job! I’d echo what’s been said above – I’d love to see some more pictures when you have time.

-- Robb

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#10 posted 2535 days ago

Very nice. Can’t wait to see the other pics. Question: For your inlay accents, what was the process to clean them up? Planes or power sanding? Thanks.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Greg Mitchell

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#11 posted 2535 days ago

Beautiful table Andy. I love the detail work you did on it. Nice color also.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 2534 days ago

Very, very nice. Can’t wait for more. Love the detail.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#13 posted 2534 days ago

Andy -

Very nice clean work! Quite the teaser to only post one detail photo :-) !


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#14 posted 2534 days ago

Wish we could see more of this. Your work is outstanding, James.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 2534 days ago

beautiful looking so far. I am only able to see one photo, but what I have seen looks great. I like the use of walnut and quartersawn oak together, I have used that combination several times myself.

good posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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