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Project by Woodbutchery posted 05-16-2017 03:31 AM 580 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finishing projects is so joyful sometimes.

This is a prototype for a side table that I’ll put together after we move. For now, it serves the double purpose of giving me more practice on joinery and hand tools as well as a flat surface to hold things up off the floor.

I learned several things from this project; drawers are a pain, but they’re useful. 90 degrees “here” does not always mean 90 degrees “there”. I want 1 3/4” legs next time vs. 1 1/2” legs for a thicker outer wall for the mortise. Be sure apron calculations are correct, as I missed them by two inches in both directions so that the table top barely fits the table.

Ripping and rough tenons/mortises was done with machines, while the final dimensioning of tenons and through dados were done with chisel and hand router (powered by human hand, not electricity).

The top is some old pine I threw together and really came out well with a tung oil finish. Hand-made wood turn buttons were used to fasten the top to the frame as well as hand-chiseling the mortise holes for the buttons.

I am planning on making a better top fitting closer to what I was originally looking for down the road, but for now this will suit as the prototype/learning.

The project was fun and would have took about 2 days if I had spent more than an hour or so a weekend on it.

As always, thanks for looking, and comments are always welcome.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery





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steliart

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#1 posted 05-16-2017 09:46 AM

Always a good idea to practice some techniques on a shop furniture before going ahead with the real project !!! Nice !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 12:42 PM

Good job, Woodbutchery. I like hearing about all the hand tool work … keep it up! Why are drawers a pain? Had you not mentioned cutting the top short, I would have guessed you were going for a cool modern look!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 05:03 PM

This is a very nice end table and perfect for that spot.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 05-18-2017 01:30 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Ron – Drawers are a pain because putting a drawer into the design is a new thing and all new things are learning things and most learning things are pains. ;-) . As for the short top, looking at the table where it is now, I’m not quite so taken aback re: the top being too short, other than the act of the miscalculation and my continued working on design-fu.

I’m about to start a series of drawer-remakes for my tool cabinet that will incorporate dovetails, mostly for the purpose of practicing on dovetail joinery (and I’m not exactly happy w/ the drawers I have now … they serve, but I want something that looks and functions better).

I also got some DMT diamond plates in, so I’m working on a sharpening station a la Paul Sellers all done w/ hand-tools.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 05-18-2017 04:07 PM



Thanks for the comments.

Ron – Drawers are a pain because putting a drawer into the design is a new thing and all new things are learning things and most learning things are pains. ;-) . As for the short top, looking at the table where it is now, I m not quite so taken aback re: the top being too short, other than the act of the miscalculation and my continued working on design-fu.

I m about to start a series of drawer-remakes for my tool cabinet that will incorporate dovetails, mostly for the purpose of practicing on dovetail joinery (and I m not exactly happy w/ the drawers I have now … they serve, but I want something that looks and functions better).

I also got some DMT diamond plates in, so I m working on a sharpening station a la Paul Sellers all done w/ hand-tools.

- Woodbutchery

Keep at it … you’ll be a drawer king in no time. Perhaps you’d like to take a look at the drawer construction I use. I detailed it on my Hepplewhite Stand build … Hepplewhite Stand #9: The Drawer ... I find rebates are easier than grooves, and the drawer runner is real easy to adjust!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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