A nice little table

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Project by Sinister posted 09-01-2011 04:40 PM 2009 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago a wind storm blew down an apple tree in my front yard. I went out and bought a chainsaw, cut up the tree, and set aside the trunk for resawing. I managed to get a short stack of lumber that I let dry in the shed. Using what material I had, I designed a small side table. The horizontal surfaces are quartersawn sycamore. It’s finished with shellac and arm-r-seal.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 04:45 PM

Very Nice. I have never seen anything built from apple before, the grain of the apple looks great. I have a large sherry tree that was just cut down that I am planning to cut up and dry myself. It sure beats the price at the lumber yard.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 04:49 PM

Very nice detail.

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 05:07 PM

Great job…from lumberjack to lumberjock
That must be very satisfying taking it from tree to lumber to a nice finished project
You did it all!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 05:28 PM

A pretty table with a story to go with it! Nice job.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 05:31 PM


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#6 posted 09-01-2011 05:38 PM

I’m amazed you got as much wood as you did from such a short bole. Beautiful wild colour and the sycamore is a nice compliment to it. Pretty fine work too.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 05:44 PM

@vipond33: As I recall, in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, the wardrobe was made from an apple tree. That must have been one big-ass apple tree.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 06:31 PM

Nice table, Patrick.

Our own ‘big ass’ apple tree is close on 25 metres tall. It doesn’t bother me though, we rent.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 06:39 PM

Nice. I like the joints.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 08:22 PM

Nice table. Is that a double lap joint securing the end of the aprons to the legs? If that’s a false tenon end, you did a really good job disguising the it.


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#11 posted 09-01-2011 08:40 PM

@JoeinDE One apron is a through tenon. The other apron is milled and shaped at the same time. It ends up being a stub tenon and a false tenon, but I was careful to keep the aprons and false tenons together so the grain was consistent.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 02:44 PM

Very nice table, good use of a fallen tree.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#13 posted 09-03-2011 07:10 PM

I love everything about this table. The way you got the lumber, the tapers, the lapped joints, the lumber itself.

Wow. So cool.


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#14 posted 09-13-2011 02:33 AM

Beautiful table. Good think that tree did not end up being firewood.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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