Little Tables (from American Woodworker)

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Project by TheDane posted 10-23-2010 04:22 AM 3060 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for these ‘Little Tables’ appeared in the American Woodworker (Issue #150 October/November 2010).

They are 18 1/2” high, and the top is 9” x 14”. The plan calls for them to be made from 3/4” thick material, and each table takes a board a little under 6’ in length. I think the idea is you can buy a 1×10 x 6’ at the big box for each one. I bought shrink-wrapped S4S oak, which didn’t go all that well when it was time to finish (see: ).

Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I would have waited until I had time to round up some 4/4 and mill it myself … just proves that haste makes waste.

Despite the finishing problem, these were fun to build, only took a few hours to cut and do the joinery, and I made a set of templates so if I need more of them in the future, I should be able to knock them off pretty easily.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 05:06 AM

Great end result! Lessons learned. I also noticed some mill marks in one of the photos. You mentioned that the shrink wrapped boards were sanded to 180. I think they gotcha on that one too.

If you want something done it yourself…LOL

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 03:58 PM

Gary—I think what you are seeing is some aliasing that results from the software I use to reduce the size of the photos (they start out as 10mpx high resolution).

After the problem with the stain, I used my drum sander to get down to bare wood and sanded to 220-grit.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 04:35 PM


These came out nice. The one’s I’m doing have rounded corners vs square tops. I like the way you rounded off the top of the pegs.

I’ve started the finishing process for the 12 news ones I’m making for Xmas presents. That’s 60 pieces (not including the pegs)! Doing it in phases and hanging the drying parts from some screws attached to a 1×3 x60”.

I’m sure these will be a big hit at Xmas. The few friends I’ve had over to see the “fleet” of them are all asking if I’d make one for them also.

What are the plans for the one’s you made? Plan to make more?

BTW- Love the Lombardi quote!


-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 10:14 PM

Fine result, and from the pictures the finish came out more than great.
Congrat with the project.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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