Ruthanne's Bedside Table

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Project by Napaman posted 10-04-2010 05:28 AM 1986 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I completed a little bedside table for my 7 year old Hannah…and of course…the moment it was done my 3 year old was asking where her table was…so a few weeks ago as I was waiting for the finish to dry on another table top and I started to sketch this little table up…then immediately started making the cuts…had the pieces all cut out that day…and the construction done the next weekend…I love the short projects!

I wanted it to match Hannah’s table in the woods…but the leg design was an attempt at some new methods and tools. With the legs it was only the second time I used my new dado blades…and they worked great to make the legs inter-lock.

The keen eye will notice that in Hannah's table I used doug fir on the legs and on this table I used redwood.

The rim of the table has birdseye maple with mitered corners around a piece of mahogony—-the same woods as Hannah’s table…

The build was much easier due to a new Dewalt Miter saw—-wow…it is so nice to get clean cuts…and the other reason why this table was much easier is that I did not use dowels to put it all together like in Hannah’s table…I did put 4 dowels in the top of the legs to put the top on.

This table is a bit smaller to fit better next to the smaller bed.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 05:32 AM

I’ll bet this made one little girl very happy!

I really like the modern style. BTW, looks like the copper on the trellis is “aging” nicely.


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

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 05:37 AM

Nice looking tables.

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 06:03 AM

Matt: A great looking table and another happy customer.

-- 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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#4 posted 10-04-2010 02:18 PM

Unique and simple design, and out of the norm. I like it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 03:40 PM

Very imaginative design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 06:50 PM

A very good design

I like it

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 06:57 PM

Hi Matt;

Great job.

I thought you might have given up on furniture and were only making boats now!

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-05-2010 03:42 AM

Very nice, but how’s the boat coming along? BURN!!! BTW, the outlaws bought a house in Santa Rosa, so we’re up there all the time. Hint, hint…

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

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 03:46 AM

thanks everyone…

LOL Chris…yes…the boat…I just wrote a pm to another jock asking me about the boat…which has not had any progress since early august…

HOWEVER—-big update…this weekend I have been invited to join a bunch of weekender builders to go sailing up the Sac Delta—-Rio Vista to Stockton on day one….and back on day two…

AND best part??? At least one of the Stevenson’s is joining us and I guess he is bringing some boats!!! Warren Percell (jock: zignman) organized it…Oct 9th and 19th…

So I am excited…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 03:23 AM

very nice, I like them both! your kids will love them forever

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 03:33 AM

Cool design Matt I like it .

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 10-06-2010 06:45 AM

Innovative design. I like the top combo.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 09:22 AM

Beautifully done !

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 10-07-2010 02:11 PM

A unique design with the external stretchers.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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