End Table

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Project by Smithclan posted 10-09-2011 04:09 PM 1619 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a maple end table I made for a friend. Nothing particularly special, but it was my first attempt at using aniline dye. I really did like the results. A bit of a learning curve, but that is what I like to do, learn. Loose tenon joinery, breadboard top, Norm Abrams style wood clips joining the top to the frame. I like the wood clips, I have thought about purchasing metal ones, but The wood keeps some form of continuity, at least in my mind, LOL.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 04:45 PM

The more you use dye, the more you will like it. The great thing about dye is you can get the color you want. If you don’t like it wipe it off with water or alcohol which ever medium you use. I for one will not be using Stains any more.
By the way you did a real nice job on the table. I liked the detail on the legs.

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 04:59 PM

Great job on this

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 05:36 PM

If you liked Norm you’ll love Charles Neil. Lots of great information, inspiration, and real people help.

I’m sure your friend will cherish the work. I’ve waivered from “getting something done” to “pride in what I do for me” I’m learning to be patient and staying in the moment , LOL, with whatever I am doing. I know the work is never done, just stops, and starts?

Hope your mistakes are little ones….:)

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 02:32 AM

nice design on your table. the grooves in the legs really adds an attractive detail. I like that the grooves dont go all the way around the leg.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 02:43 AM

Can you provide some additional information on the wood clips? I’m close to starting a Mission-style sofa table – which calls for the metal clips – and I like your ‘continuity’ theme.


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#6 posted 12-19-2012 02:29 PM

Table top “clips” are available in a variety of materials and shapes from suppliers like Rockler and the like. I like using the wooden clips, i guess it makes me feel like I made more of the project. A pic is worth a thousand words so:
I made the clips a bit over an inch wide, cutting a single piece on the table saw long enough to provide the number of clips you need. I used a router table to make the groove in the rails. do yourself a favor and cut the groove first then fit the clips to it. I don’t make the groove the full length on the rail, but some ppl do. I ease the work piece in and out in the location intended for the clip, making about a 3 inch arch. You can use a 1.4” cutter on the router table and make a single dive, this obviously leaves an arched bottom not a flat, so it must be deeper. The number of clips should be consistent with the size and weight of the project.
Thanks for looking,

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 02:33 PM

This is a very nice end table an excellent build.

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