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Project by Tom Huntley posted 975 days ago 1628 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a pretty easy project that seems to be creating a good impression with those who see it. I purchased a set of table legs and apron from Osborne Wood Products www.osbornewood.com and then added the top, the bottom shelf, and the drawer myself. The top was made from laminated maple that I was going to use for e workbench because it was discolored. Then it occurred to me that this wood may look good laminated, so I used it on this table. I actually like the look, and plan on trying to find some more rough maple with this “problem”. My cutsomer wanted to finish the bottom, hence the lack of finish on the legs, etc., The top is just tung oil.

The table is 18X40 with 1” of overhang, so I cut the drawer face out of the apron and used a flush fit. Be sure to match grain. Objective was to make something heavy because the table is a bit narrower than most kitchen islands. This little bugger is indeed heavy! When it was delivered, it fit nicely into the customer’s environment, and they were very satisfied.

Bottom shelf is 7/8” oak with a 1 1/4” band. I made a crosscut slead with a set of 45 degree cradles to cut notches in the corners of the legs. Then I cut the corners of the shelf to match the notches, and clamped it together. After that, I made the band with a small rabbet for the shelf to set on. Lengths were measured while the piece was clamped up. I dissassembled everything for gluing and cutting Kregg holes for final assembly All was held in place at the corners with Kregg screws from underneath. Again, simple but functional. If you keep your notches fairly tight and measure the banding carefully, the result is a very good looking joint at the corners that is also very strong.

Thanks for looking!

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan





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ElmoSr

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#1 posted 975 days ago

that is nice,,did u turn legs also?

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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Tom Huntley

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#2 posted 975 days ago

No… I cheated on the legs and purchased them from Osborne Wood Products. My lathe is too short, and there’s no way I could repeat the quality of a good tracing lathe. This was my first purchase with Osborne, and they were outstanding to work with.

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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ElmoSr

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#3 posted 975 days ago

ok thanks, i have just started turning again and i have a small (cheaper) lathe, and for tapers i am terrible as well as repeat patterns,,you do very good work

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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jayman7

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#4 posted 975 days ago

Perfect timing! I’m kinda planning something similar right now. Could you take a picture of underneath? I’m curious how the drawer was constructed and integrated into the island. Thank you!!!

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Tom Huntley

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#5 posted 975 days ago

Sorry. Didn’t take a photo of the underneath. Basically, the table apron has four typical corner braces. I just determined where they attached to the apron, and that helped establish the width of the drawer front. Then I used my band saw to cut the section of the apron for the drawer since the cut is thinner than my table saw. Underneath, I put a 3/4 inch thick piece of oak to span between the longer aprons, and Kregged it to the opposite side of the table. The drawer glides were attached to that piece of wood.

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Woodwrecker

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#6 posted 975 days ago

That came out Beautifully Tom!
Your customers great grand kids will be using and loving it in 50 years.

-- Having fun...Eric

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tnrick

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#7 posted 975 days ago

Very nice Tom! My wife would love something like this, and I need a new project! Thanks for sharing!
V/r
Rick

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 975 days ago

Beautiful island.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#9 posted 975 days ago

Great Island! There is nothing wrong with cheating. If you don’t have a lathe what can you do??? However, there is one thing I would tell your client is not to put any food directly on the top. Tungoil is NOT safe for food use. If he is wanting to use it as a cutting surface then I would bring it back to the shop and sand it down as best you can to remove the TO and then apply a Salad Bowl finish with about 3-4 coats in the same manner as you would apply Poly! Great Job otherwise!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Tom Huntley

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#10 posted 975 days ago

Thanks Drew. Here’s my reference for “safe” finishes. According to Fine Woodworking, tung oil is one of the safe ones. http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=26893

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#11 posted 974 days ago

Great Tom, I was not aware you used “pure” Tung Oil. I have used the Tung Oil that is sold at Lowes or Home Depot and their’s is not safe b/c it is a mixture to give that glossy sheen. I can only find Pure Tung Oil at WC or I think Sherwin Williams still has it. Where did you find the pure Tung Oil? Is there more than one place???

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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