Jonnie's Matching Tables

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Project by Napaman posted 09-11-2011 04:55 AM 2044 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jonnie and Linda are two great neighbors and friends. Since we moved into our house 7 years ago we have shared some good dinners…Jonnie and Linda are always there if we need them and we are glad we live close.

A couple months ago Jonnie brought over a little table and asked if I could make him a pair out of some scrap wood…the tables are actually used as little benches for sitting around the fire outside. He asked for them to be the exact same dimensions…

At first I was going to just use lamintated pine from HD…and they would be real quick with some scraps added in…for whatever reason they day I went to HD they did not have any laminated pine that was wide enough…so I remembered some old pine shelving at home…and decided to go home and use that…

As I cut it into strips it was pretty warped…so I looked for some other scraps to blend in…I had just enough purple heart to mix it in with the pine…so it went from a scrap wood table to a fancy scrap wood table pretty quick…

Since these will be used outside I put 3 coats of spar varnish on them…

pine, purple heart, fir (the legs)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 04:59 AM

They look very nice. I was expecting a boat. : ^ )

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 05:03 AM

Beautiful, Matt!

I really like that you allowed the natural beauty of the different woods show through.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 05:17 AM

Nice tables. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone combine pine and purple heart before…looks very nice.

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 05:29 AM

Nice looking benches.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 05:30 AM

Matt: A beautiful job.

I hope that he is very happy with your throw together tables.

-- 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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#6 posted 09-11-2011 05:35 AM

By the way—-here is the latest sail boat blog—-just did it…6 new picts:

Just for you wayne!!!

Thanks guys…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 09-11-2011 05:40 AM

Hey Matt, these are really nice little tables….... They would look nice on your new boat!!! Maybe the neighbors will let you borrow them…..

Speaking of, great blog, the boat is really coming along nicely!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 09-11-2011 06:16 AM

well done Bud, nice work

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 02:11 PM

Nice set of tables, a job well done! Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 09-11-2011 03:10 PM

Nice set of tables no doubt! Well done and its always fun to makethings for other people!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 09-11-2011 04:09 PM

Hi Matt;

They look great. Do they float?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-11-2011 04:12 PM

What a great simple design, nothing fancy yet very much so. Plain joints and plugged screws can be quite beautiful. A great gift for good friends and a nice evolution from scrap to woodworking finery.

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

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#13 posted 09-11-2011 07:13 PM

Nice work. I like the idea of the purple heart with the pine.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#14 posted 09-11-2011 07:34 PM

SWEET! too nice to be used outside

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#15 posted 09-11-2011 09:44 PM

I see you also like contrasting wood plugs. Looks great.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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