Another Table For My Sister's Pastor

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Project by lew posted 01-30-2017 07:15 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small “Communion Table” (40” x 20” x 30”) for my sister’s pastor. Made of maple, birch ply and walnut. Mortise and tenon joinery except for the long bottom stretcher which is a sliding dovetail joint.

Church members will apply the finish once it is delivered.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 08:00 PM

Lew, Nice work buddy. Very clean lines on this. What kind of finish?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-30-2017 08:11 PM

Lew, this is a very nice table and I’m sure that he appreciated it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 08:15 PM

Beautiful work Lew.
I think you’ve scored some extra
“Heaven Points” on this project!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 10:18 PM

Lew: A great job and I appreciate the sliding dovetail joint. Nice technique.

-- 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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#5 posted 01-30-2017 10:28 PM

Very nice work Lew a super looking table.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 12:38 AM

good job lew, serving your fellow church members is a blessing for them, im glad they have you and your sweet wife, so let your light shine….i like the fact that you used a sliding dovetail for the leg stretcher, those legs wont fail with it in place…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 12:47 AM

you got lucky Lew ….. all my wood for church projects …had to be red oak … match existing woods …... a very nice table and a good function for it … remembrance of me …GREAT JOB :<))


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#8 posted 01-31-2017 01:30 AM

Beautiful work for a great cause. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 01-31-2017 01:52 AM

Good work Lew

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 01-31-2017 05:31 AM

Nice looking table, clean functional design … elegant!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 01-31-2017 11:29 AM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#12 posted 01-31-2017 03:55 PM

Almost dainty looking Lew. As an old curmudgeon, dainty is hard for me to do, but you obviously can. The simple look is probably deceptive.

Curious, noting the lip around the edge, what is it to be used for? I can think of some uses in a church, but not sure.

I assume the almost stark simplicity matches other furniture. It will be transformed with the finish, post a picture if you can. Sending it off without a finish is like launching a kid without a high school diploma… (-:

Here in La Conner a few more days, with signs of spring visible in sprouting bulbs and budding trees. Back to snow and cold come Saturday. Yuck!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 01-31-2017 05:29 PM

looks great

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#14 posted 01-31-2017 11:50 PM

Ken- Thanks! I hope they use a poly finish and not paint!

Charles- Thanks!

Eric- Thanks! I can use all of the points I can get!!

Karson- Thank You! I originally was going to use a “fox tenon” but that didn’t work out.

Jim- Thank You!

Bob- Thanks! Hope the pastor and the congregation find it suitable.

Tony- Thanks! Red oak is the preference here in southern PA, isn’t it! This piece is going to New York state. Maybe they see things differently up there.

Hoss- Thank You!

Monty- Thanks!

OldNovide- Thanks! I found most Communion tables were rather stocky. This minister wanted something a little “lighter”.

MontanaBob- Thank You!

Jim- Yes, the elegant part was at the request of the pastor and I wasn’t sure the proportions were going to look OK. Once it was finished it doesn’t look “odd”. The lip around the top was also a design request. Not sure of the reason. Although, with the super thin veneer of today’s plywood, it does cover the inevitable splintering that occurs. I used tape AND scored the cut lines and there was still a little splintering. I hope they send a picture when they get it done. Always nice to see the finished piece. We had snow here today- barely made the ground white.

David- Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 02-01-2017 02:29 PM

Looking good, always a good idea to get in good with the Pastor.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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