Little Tables for Christmas

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 11-06-2010 03:48 PM 2030 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whew… Got these knocked out before Thanksgiving. Twelve tables for our immediate family members. 3 each of oak, mahogany, cherry and walnut. Pegged mortise and tenon construction. These come apart easily for transport if needed. Great little design. About 3 hours each to make. Each were stained, then two of poly and a coat of Johnson’s paste wax.

See my previous post for the plans.

These are very useful for setting them next to your favorite chair, placing your favorite beverage, remote control or laptop on it.

Bob A in NJ Nov 6 2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 03:51 PM

Great Tables what a nice gift.
Do you write anything on your work?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 03:53 PM

What a lovely bunch of work. Congratulations and happy holidays!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 03:59 PM


Hi, Thank you. I signed my name and dated the bottoms of the tops of each. We’re still thinking about burning everyones names and Xmas 2010 also. This is what we did last year with the “Platter’s O’ Plenty” gifts.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 04:01 PM

That’s great Bob super gift idea. Nice work.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 04:23 PM

That’s a great idea Bob, especially the fact that they easily knock down and go back together with your chosen joinery… great for shipping or moving!

I’ll take one in either walnut or cherry. Just kidding. Great job getting them done so early. Are you finished then, or do you have more gifts to make? I’m just getting started on my list for family.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 04:34 PM

Great job they look really good!

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 04:40 PM

Bob Some great little tables. Nice job.

-- 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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#8 posted 11-06-2010 05:40 PM

I love ‘em all, but the cherry is my favorite!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 11-06-2010 07:31 PM

Jumpin Jimminy,
That is a gaggle of tables. Good for you. They look great.


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#10 posted 11-06-2010 09:30 PM


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#11 posted 11-06-2010 09:30 PM

Oh boy, and knock-down, too. Great Christmas presents! You’ll be the most popular ‘giver’ in your family. Congrats!


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#12 posted 11-07-2010 01:33 AM

Very nice tables Bob. Those are terrific gifts I’ll bet they will be cherished.

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#13 posted 11-07-2010 02:59 PM

Hi Bob,

Now that’s the way to do it.

Great job.


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#14 posted 11-28-2010 03:09 PM

Lovely and practical tables. Great design too. What a good idea for gifts. For so many tables, I believe you worked with patterns or jigs to make them faster and similar? Since I count 12, I believe your Christmas tree is quite tall!!! (LOL) Congrats and thanks for sharing (and 12 times you proved you like to share!).



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#15 posted 11-28-2010 03:25 PM

Those are a lot of nice tables. Have they got everybody’s names written on the bottom?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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