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Project by spamfilterman posted 02-20-2010 08:15 PM 2248 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first real project. It was completely back in Nov 09.
There are a number of things I would do differently next time.
At the time, I didn’t have a planer… so every piece of wood was a different thickness :-)
That was fun to work with. Also, since I didn’t have a jointer, I didn’t feel ready to do a glue-up top or shelf, so they’re edge-banded plywood. There is one place I majorly screwed up – I accidentally bought a sheet of red oak plywood when everything else was white ok. Whoops. I stained the whole thing to try to bring the colors close. Also, I left the plywood leaning against the garage wall for too long… by the time I was ready to cut it up it had warped. That was a pain to deal with.
The finish is two coats of Minwax golden oak stain, followed by three coats of Arm-r-Seal.
As a first project, I thought it was overall a success. It hasn’t fallen apart yet. Now trying to design the next big project.

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Jim Reeves

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 08:20 PM

I like it very good job would like to make one for hall front door.

-- jim

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 08:37 PM

I don’t see the two judges holding up the score number cards!

Looks great. I like the frame effect around the top and shelf center.

Did you make your own clips to hold the top on?


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#3 posted 02-20-2010 09:44 PM

I look at it this way: If we can learn from our mistakes, or figure out how to do things better next time, that’s a good thing. So, congrats and being able to admit these things and learn something for next time. It’s a constant learning process anyway, although I’m hoping my learning (from mistakes) curve slows down after I’ve got a few more projects under my belt!

Nice job on your first project!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 09:52 PM

Nice job. We all continue to learn. I like this table.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 05:05 AM

judging by your screenname, you have worked or still work in the IT field. Great table, my first table was made from red oak and pine (blah) I didn’t buy enough red oak..Looks great..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 05:23 AM

thanks everybody.

SteveMI: yes, I made the little clips to attach the top to the apron. I suppose I didn’t really need to do that since the top is plywood where it’s attached, but I thought it would be good practice.

Dan: I wrote my thesis on spam detection for my master’s in computer science. Fun stuff. I’m just a few years out of school.

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 AM

Nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 06:13 AM

Cool table

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 02-26-2010 10:17 PM

looks good man

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 05:52 AM

Looks really great for your “first real project”. If you hadn’t mentioned it, I would not have noticed the difference in thickness!!! Looking forward to seeing your second project!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 11:29 PM

I think it looks good. So, did you invest in a planer or jointer?

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