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Project by Obi posted 01-14-2007 06:39 PM 1599 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had (notice the word “had”) three Nesting Tables made of pine. One of the legs broke off the smallest one and she started acting like, well those of you who are married know… anyway I told her I’d make her a new one. And you can’t make 1 oak table to replace 1 pine table, so I had to make a set. She asked me what i was going to make them out of and I told her “Oak”, to which she replied “Oh, the cheap stuff!”. I hurried them, cut my thumb on the table saw (minor, only required a band-aid). Threw them together just to make her happy (shhhhh, don’t say nuthin’) and this is what we have. She’s happy and unless one of you rat me out, I’ll be o.k.

First Attempt at the home made taper jig I made (not paying attention to the jig is how I cut my thumb, I was trying to move it after the cut and the digit hung a little too close to the saw.) Lesson Learned

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-14-2007 06:44 PM

Great looking set, and thank “God” it was a minor injury.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Obi

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#2 posted 01-14-2007 07:00 PM

Amen. I kept telling people “See how much God likes me?, only a nick to teach me to pay attention”

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 01-14-2007 07:08 PM

Good job Michael! Bet you the cheap stuff out lasts the pine tables by a few decades.

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Obi

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#4 posted 01-14-2007 07:09 PM

Well she knows how much I get my oak for, and I just smiled and said “Honey? PINE is the cheap stuff.” And if you look very closely you’ll notice that I glued 3/4” oak together to get 1-1/2” legs

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Bill

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#5 posted 01-14-2007 07:40 PM

Those are nice looking tables. I am sure she will treasure the set for many years.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Obi

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#6 posted 01-14-2007 08:41 PM

Thanks and I just added more pictures to my web site

JUST CURIOUS! WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK ABOUT USING THE SAPWOOD WITH THE WHITE STRIPES?
I was thinking maybe I shouldn’t and then I thought maybe I should to give it character

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scottb

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#7 posted 01-14-2007 11:48 PM

the white stripe does add character…. but to play devils advocate… I suppose that board could have been the edge one. Might have found better matches that way. (Not that you didn’t have other things on your mind with your thumb and all) but otherwise I think they look great.
If it’s any consolation, for what the tables get used for, (in other words if it’s out, there’s something on it) no body would notice if you don’t point it out.
I’d say give it a while, and if it still bugs you, there was an article about dyeing the sapwood to match (I think in FW), so you could always so that someday.

After “sleeping on it” my grandfather ended up rehanging one of the windows in my house because he wasn’t happy with how he lined them up initially. (Oh the probs with an old house.)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#8 posted 01-15-2007 12:50 AM

I like the tables, Obi, and I would hesitate to use the heartwood. I think I would have matched the boards differently, but that’s just personal preference.

Here’s a great homemade tapering jig shown on the Taunton Fine Woodworking site. (This is a subscription based site, so I’m not sure that this link will work for those that have not paid the annual subscription. By the way, it’s well worth the annual subscription cost.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Obi

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#9 posted 01-15-2007 07:10 AM

Well, I didnt notice it before i put the finish on it, the finish just seemed to bring out the white more.
And Don, thanks for the tip, but it wouldn’t let me view it til I paid for it. If you want you could always save the pdf file and e-mail it to me. I found a home made plan for a taper jig, and it works rather well, I’ll take pictures of it and post them. Maybe we could start a thread on home made jigs since we are supposed to be Craftsmen. ;)

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 01-15-2007 07:29 AM

Good Idea Michael..Jigs are the back bone of woodworking. My first table and chair set took about 60 hours to build the jigs and 40 for the table and chairs. Havn’t got the money back on the jigs…yet!

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Bill

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#11 posted 01-21-2007 08:48 PM

Michael, were those solid table tops you built? How did you assemble the top (biscuit, dowels, etc.)? And, how did you allow for the wood movement of the top? I am curious, as I want to build a set of tables like that as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Obi

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#12 posted 01-24-2007 04:03 AM

The table tops are solid oak. Just glued with Titebond II. They’re three seperate tables that fit under each other and they are not connected. I saw an article in Wood Smith magazine that had another style, and these that i made were copied from some pine tables my wife HAD. Had, because each time I replaced one I busted up the pine table it replaced and burned it.

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#13 posted 08-10-2008 12:01 AM

Those are nice looking tables.Good job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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