Paneled tresle table w/ nakashima influenced feet

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Project by gljacobs posted 1140 days ago 2208 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This side table in cherry with a maple in the drawer was the course project in the intermediate woodworking course I took on scholarship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport ME.
The two week course was taught by Master arts and crafts designer/maker Kevin Rodel.
The course thoroughly stretched my skills and the whole experience was just unbelievably fun.

The design is my own except the feet are influenced from a trestle foot I had seen in the book “Soul of a Tree”.
The stiles and rails are joined with slip tenons and the top rail is half lapped into the apron….and yes I did cut into the mortises and had to do some improve to make it work. One big lesson learned…..make COMPLETE full size drawings and include full size details of ALL the joinery. This would have helped me avoid many mistakes.
Big lesson two came when I kept measuring off of my drawing instead to reality….Lesson, “At a certain point don’t use the drawing, use reality.”
Third BIG lesson is…”don’t compromise design.”
The pull is a design I had to go with because I had run out of time enough to be able to apply a coat of tride and true at the end of the class. It’s too big and I may just get it off of their and make a pinch pull. for it.
The last time I was there I didn’t get to finish my project. The original design was a recessed pull with angles leading into the pull.
the dovetails on the drawer front are compound tails. The only difference from regulars is the angle. This did two things…first it made the draw front joinery not look weird, second it helped the angle not inhibit the integrity of the tails on the end.
All in all it was a supremely fun build. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 1139 days ago

It looks great!

Those dovetails are amazing.

Very well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Jorge Velez

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#2 posted 1139 days ago

I love it! the dove tails are very good!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#3 posted 1139 days ago

What a great piece, and those dovetails are something to admire unto themselves!

To my eye, the pull does seem a bit oversized, so I’d have to agree with you on swapping it out from an aesthetic point of view.

The rest of it though is fantastic! Nice job designing and executing this piece.

-- 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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#4 posted 1139 days ago

Very nice design and build. Ive really wanted to do a short course like you did to improve my skills. Self taught only gets you so far. I personally like the oversize pull but no one ever accused me of being normal!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 1139 days ago

Beautiful dovetails!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 1139 days ago

Wow that is a beautiful looking table. The design and craftsmanship is superb.

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#7 posted 1139 days ago

Beautiful. Those are some sharp looking dovetails.

-- Royce, Iowa

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#8 posted 1139 days ago

great design and execution… I may agree with you that the drawer pull may be a little out of proportion not that it can’t be left as it…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 1139 days ago

That is a very beautiful piece. Love the dovetails. Very elegant in it’s clean lines.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 1139 days ago

Is that a giant drawer pull I’m looking at?

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#11 posted 1139 days ago

Nice design and build. The drawer pull design is ok, it keeps the whole angle motif going. The scale is off though.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#12 posted 934 days ago

absolutely beautiful dovetails. how tight

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 736 days ago

Great design and craftmanship. I love it.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#14 posted 270 days ago

I like the contrast of the Cherry and Maple, however, I am going to go against the grain here and ask a critical question. Pun intended by the way. Looking at that first dovetail picture, don’t you loose the structural integrity of the joint with one side being so fat and the other side coming to such a small point? Don’t get me wrong, I like the craftsmanship of the tight joint, but was just wondering if anyone else thinks the same thing.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#15 posted 270 days ago

That is a nice piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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