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Project by Gator posted 1363 days ago 2199 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I forgot to post this when I finished it. This was built from plans I purchased from “Plans Now” and is the table to match the end tables I made first. It is red oak frame with oak plywood top. The grain on the top is turned to give it a different look. Most of the project was pretty straight forward, but I did mess up on one of the runners on the top and I used a piece from a different board, so it does not match.. brain fart.. but it received approval from my wife, so I am happy with it. Stain is a 2-1 mixture of Golden Oak & Pecan minwax poly, and then finished with wax. The finish has a nice look to it despite the “flat” look in the pictures.

Thanks for looking.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#1 posted 1363 days ago

Very nice, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 1363 days ago

Your joints are tight. That is what is so important. I think the whole project is great looking!
It was not a brain-fart—-It was a design decision.
I do design decisions every day!
I’m pleased management approved!

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#3 posted 1363 days ago

I htink you did a great job on it. And if the wife aproves of it then it is all good.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#4 posted 1363 days ago

Great job.

I particularly like the corner joints.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 1363 days ago

Nice Job !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 1363 days ago

Awesome table. I really like how you broke up the ply into canted panels. Excellent.

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

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#7 posted 1363 days ago

Looks good. Does your wife let you prop your feet on it? Nice Joints!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 1363 days ago

Thanks guys, I had a lot of fun building it. I try and test myself a little more on each project, and some day I may be at the talent level so many of you are. One box of firewood at a time.. LOL


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#9 posted 1363 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

Agree: great job on the joinery !

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 1362 days ago

I really like the multi-lap corner joints. Cool work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 1358 days ago

Thanks everyone..
The really cool thing about the lap joints, is there is another piece that is angle cut on two sides that “traps” both sides of the legs so it looks like one solid piece of wood, and gives it a lot of strength. It is a woodsmith plan if you are ever looking through an old edition.. # 80 – April 1992.. oldie but a goodie..LOL


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#12 posted 1336 days ago

just noticed this project and i also really like those corner joints – they look super solid.

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#13 posted 1006 days ago

I love the lap joints also…can see how this could easily be a project that could be produced on a larger scale…hmmm got me thinking

-- "thats all I have to say about that..."

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