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This is my first project (made two nearly identical tables), so I wasn’t quite ready for the mortise and tenon joinery and opted for dowels and the use of Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. Although I made some rookie mistakes, I learned a great deal and really enjoyed the experience. I plan to take on other projects as time allows.

I downloaded the plans from Popular Science.

- Quater Sawn White Oak
- General Finishes Georgian Cherry stain (Urethane Gel Stain)
- General Finishes Clear Satin Urethane Gel Coat

I had some issues holding square when I assembled the legs to the table top, but but I came pretty close. I used 42” Irwin Clamps and spacers to hold square.

Mike H

-- Minimally skilled but trying





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 04:50 AM

Nice job, Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 05:10 AM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 05:22 AM

Hmmmm…this looks familiar! Mike! Great to have you on board. The table looks great! I can’t wait to see your next project.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 05:23 AM

Holy Smokes! That is an excellent 1st project or 100th project for that matter. Great job.

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 05:42 AM

Nice table!!!!!
Boy white oak looks good!!!!!!!

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 06:25 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 06:27 AM

Nice work

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 06:29 AM

Very nice looking table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 07:31 AM

I think that it turned out great. Great color and nice size.

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

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 11:29 AM

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 03:01 PM

Good job. I love mission style furniture as well. Nice finish too. Welcome to LJs.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#12 posted 01-21-2010 05:21 PM

Super job and impressive finish! I’ve never used gel stains – but your project may inspire me to try.

-- Dave O.

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#13 posted 01-21-2010 06:24 PM

Looks classic. Should last a few lifetimes and still be in style.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#14 posted 01-21-2010 08:34 PM

Wow,

Thanks to everyone for the positive comments. It is appreciated.

I’ll be checkingout some of your projects over the weekend.

Mike H

-- Minimally skilled but trying

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redrobinhood

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#15 posted 01-21-2010 09:20 PM

Mission style furniture requires really good proportion to make them look balanced – great job look is classic and I know you will enjoy them for many years to come. Love the mission style – go for the mortise and tenon joints – I made the change after being afraid for years – really makes it easy to build. I was totally surprised as to how easy the M&T is to do. Gives you an excuse to buy more tools! Your joints look great – Great looking project! Keep it up!

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