First project in the new shop

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Project by CANDL posted 12-29-2010 09:36 PM 1637 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well before the shop is even ready, the sister-in-law asks me to “help” her build a dressing table for her daughter, so this was a no pressure build…. geesh.

As you can see it turned out ok. But if you will bear with me I will say what I think went well, and more importantly what did not. If you have comments to add, please do as I am always learning.

We started from 4 quarter oak, and I knew that making a fancy leg …. or better yet four of them was out of the question. So the what turned out to be my best decision of the build I decided to buy four queen anne legs out of ash from Lowe’s for ~18$ each. The other good design choice was keep it simple …. no drawer.

Not sure if you can see it or not but the top of the table is 4 boards. Tried to clean the glue edges up with the table saw, but just did not like the looks of it. So ended up added a 6” jointer to the shop to …. it was her niece right? Anyways the Jet deluxe did a really nice job. Now a case of a new toy … gotta use it …. I used my Kreg Jig to join the table top …. not a good move. I got just the slightest amount of break out from the screw … I know just the glue was strong enough… so after the glued dried out came the screws.

Attaching the legs to the apron was a bit of a challenge, the legs are flat on only two sides. I ended up making a jig to hold the apron and legs, and returned with the Kreg Jig. This time I was much happier with the results. Now if I had the time to do this “right” with more time I would have mortise and tenoned the joint. So she can bring it back in after 10 yrs and I will give it a tune up.

Finishing the table exposed an old shop class tip, as one to be careful with. I had some small holes that needed filling so I scavenged up some sawdust added my trusty glue and filled the holes. Not so good…the glue was not stainable … next time I will check first.

Well hopefully you were not to bored with my comments…


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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 09:50 PM

Carl a very neat wee table.

I can see the signs of having been given big projects before and learning from them. :)

Shirley does the “JUST” a wee job. Yea Norm can make on in 30minutes.

Still, she has tolerated loads of sawdust through the house for years.


What size is the new shop?

-- 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 12-29-2010 09:58 PM

Looks great!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 10:21 PM

nice table

and a new jointer is always good
to have around in a new (or old) shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 10:36 PM

Nice table.
When I first see this, I was wondering if the legs are from Lowe’s. lol
The shape is very familiar, and it’s right.
It’s fun to read your comment.
Enjoy the new shop.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 01:54 AM

I think the table looks real good.even the best woodworker is still learning if you quit learning then you are done keep up the good work. what size shop you build i am thinking about building one don’t know what is a good size

-- Bryant north carolina

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 01:55 AM

Nice table.

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 04:10 PM

I am fortunate that my wife has pretty much given me domain over the basement so for now I am trying to keep it about 30×30. That sounds big until you have it. On the right hand side of the first picture you see part of the in progress work bench/chop saw station. It is 18 feet long. 8’ each side, the right hand side is based on Fine Woodworking’s ultimate workbench…. that means it has clamping built in.

New shop additions will be a router table using the Freud vce 3000 (3.25 hp) ... just scared to cut the hole in the top of a table I have …. time to bite the bullet.

Another add on when I find a couple of strong friends is the Sawstop 3hp PCS table saw. Time to retire the Shopsmith in the picture from it’s table saw duties. The Shopsmith will always have a place in the shop, but as a table saw I think the Sawstop and it’s big table will do a better job.

Thanks for the kind words all.


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#8 posted 12-30-2010 04:22 PM

nice looking table.
It will get years of use and will hold up to abuse.

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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