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Project by Uriel7 posted 09-15-2011 01:46 PM 1403 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this table design out of Wood Projects for the Home (Ortho Books) called Sawbuck Table. It is a rather solid but simple table. It consists of a relatively few joints like a square mortise and tenon for the under rail and lap joints for the crossed legs. I finished it with a couple of coats of 2 part polyurethane and sanded it smooth. All my wood was very very green, but hardwood which is difficult for me to get a hold of at all. I had issues with shrinkage and warp. If I was to do this project again, I’d throw everything together as soon as it was cut square or let it dry for a year or so (Patience is truly a virtue). As a result of my green wood, I ended up with a few cracks between boards, but nothing too bad. The table is still solid and I work on it all the time now. It is a little low, but it is nice for laying out measurements because I can sit down to work. In the future, I may make blocks to jack it up several inches to a good standing height. Originally the plans listed it as a dinner table…something I over looked until I already cut the legs to length. For more photos, you can go here to see the build up. My block plane got a workout because it was the only plane I owned at the time, but it helped smooth lots of things out from lap joints on the legs to leveling the work surface. Second to my block plane is my 3/4” combination rasp/chisel, also very useful getting tight fits and joints, even though useless for paring operations.

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h390/jdt11111/Work%20Bench/

This table replaced my sawhorse and plywood setup. Even though this isn’t any master woodworker’s bench, but I’m working up to it step by step. I think it turned out well given the limitations and experience I have. I definitely realize a lot more now about tables and benches than before.

My next big step will be to start hand cutting dovetails hopefully to make a good storage chest.





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SalvageCraft

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 02:07 PM

Great job! I especially like that you made good use of the chrasp :)

-- Jesse --

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mayangbo

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 02:56 PM

Hopefully we can do a project together someday! ;)

-- Just a visiter so far

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crank49

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 03:22 PM

Don’t the legs, due to sitting on square corners, cause dents in the floor?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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SalvageCraft

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 03:51 PM

Good eye, crank! I didn’t see that until you mentioned it. A little bevel/rounding with the rasp would do well enough.

-- Jesse --

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Uriel7

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 01:17 AM

The idea was to jack up the table to standard working height, not at a sitting height, with a boot. It doesn’t dig into the floor but rather has a tendency to slide if I don’t have it pushed against the wall. Like SalvageCraft pointed out, beveling would help.

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JRL

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 01:07 AM

I’m admiring the joinery and just the beauty and strength of a simple joint.
Can’t make out the hardwood—ash? Stay friendly with your supplier.

Will be nice to see your future work benches, too.

Great work Uriel!!!

-- Jay in Changsha

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