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Project by Jon Spelbring posted 02-20-2010 07:36 PM 1192 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the Arts and Crafts forms – especially Stickley and Limbert. I had tried once before to do a tabouret (octagonal) out of walnut, but never finished it. So, here’s a simpler one – straight legs, round top. It’s done in white oak, with a lacquer finish. This was my first attempt at M&T joinery. The stretchers use half laps, with M&T joints into the legs.

Things I learned

- Laquer really stinks (I brushed it on – 3 coats)
- I really should have tried some aniline dye – it looks very plain. The next one will be done using quartersawn white oak
- White oak is tough stuff! It took forever to sand. Next time: hand planes and scrapers.

No, I didn’t make the Morris chair next to it – it’s store bought <hangs>. But the beer in mine!

-- To do is to be





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KMJohnson

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 07:44 PM

Nice table. Looks like a real winner.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 07:57 PM

ANY furniture is always made better by what’s placed on top of it! ;-)

Seriously – You allowed the grain to do what it does best and didn’t hide it – this certainly isn’t a “plain” table by any means! I would be very proud to display this piece anywhere in my house.

You also captured the S&L Style well. Maybe would like to see a closeup of the M&T Joints next time…...

Well done!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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ohwoodeye

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 07:59 PM

That looks really, really awsome. The table is very nice as well.
Good job.

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

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donjoe

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 09:54 PM

A really nice table. The oak looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Jon Spelbring

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 11:59 PM

Bob – Thanks for the kind comments.
As to close ups of the M&T… Errrr…. I’d rather not. They work, and from a reasonable distance they look OK. Up close; not so much ;-)

-- To do is to be

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CaptainSkully

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 05:30 PM

Jon, very nice start! I love that style too. I made the splayed leg, octagonal tabouret a few years ago as my first real project. Whatever you decide to build next, you will be much happier with your work. I’d probably go for a nice Stickley bookshelf. The designs are elegantly simple and you don’t need plans to figure them out.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 05:34 PM

A great first table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jon Spelbring

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 05:34 AM

CaptainScully,

Yes! There are several A&C book/magazine shelves on my todo list. ... and I do have a decent cache of QSWO!

-- To do is to be

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