Side Table from Sturt

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Project by Woodfix posted 01-19-2010 01:54 PM 2231 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Christmas I went to The Sturt School in Mittagong to attend their summer school. Sturt has a School of Woodworking and they ran programs in wood turning, marquetry and ‘Making a Side Table’. Making the side table was a basic course but I really wanted to get away for a week for a wood working course and I wanted to go to Sturt.

It was great. The piece we made was done nearly entirely with machinery to accommodate the 12 students who attended. We also had two tutors who did a great job of teaching, entertaining and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. The 12 students came from all walks of life, including 4 ladies. I know it is probably not PC to be surprised by this, but it was a pleasant surprise. The students were architects, pilots, engineers, university lecturers, a librarian, a retiree and more of course. A nicer bunch of people I am yet to meet (wood workers, goes with the territory).

We all made the same piece, but we were allowed some scope to add our own details. My inclusions are the white details (Rock Maple). Personally I think this works very well, and a number of my fellow students commented on how much they liked it. All the tables were great though and some of the details added by other students I eyed with envy.

Anyway, it’s a side table and luckily for me I had exactly the right place for it in mind (as shown). It is made primarily of New Guinea Rosewood with details in Rock Maple. The construction involved reinforced mitre joints for the leg/rail assembly and 12 mortise and tenons. All these were machine cut.

It was finished to 400 grit and then given 3 coats of Scandinavian Oil.

A combination of wood with a modern design. I think it works and the wife has almost conceded it was almost worth the sacrifice of being without me for 6 whole days (we have a 2 year old, but I am sure she just missed me).

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 02:00 PM

Really nice work

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 02:48 PM

Very nice looking Side Table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 04:34 PM

Nice job!

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 06:54 PM

Cool design, Like the maple accents.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 09:58 PM

Looks like you had a great time and came home with a fantastic table to show for the week away…well done.. catch up with you soon..
regards Larry

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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