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Project by tbone posted 974 days ago 1112 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project veers of the ‘Arts-and-Crafts’ path that I’m usually on. The warden and I saw some tables similar to these on a home tour in Austin a couple of years ago. She liked the size of them, I liked the open sides with the exposed drawer runners and the native pecan wood. So I built these by memory since photos were not allowed on the tour.

The top shelf angle detail was stolen from a fellow Lumberjock and it eliminated the need for a pegged tenon (which I thought might be a little too close to the top).
The wood here is also pecan, and instead of trying to hide the natural discolorations, I decided on a clear finish—a few applications of BLO topped off with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal wipe-on poly.

On to the headboard.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."





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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 974 days ago

Nicely done! That top-shelf joint might show up in one of my projects soon :)

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will delaney

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#2 posted 974 days ago

Design and joinery beautiful. Thanks for posting

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planeBill

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#3 posted 974 days ago

I’m diggin the joinery too. Thats neat. Like the open sides with the exposed runners as well. Very nice work there tbone.

Did you say warden? :)

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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Antti

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#4 posted 974 days ago

Very nice!

I have a similar design in my nightstand, where the horizontal stiles are fixed, and so is the top (amd in this case also the bottom?). Somebody was commenting that I might get a problem as the top will expand but the rails will not. Actually I’m not sure if “rails” is the correct term, I’m referring to the horizontals below the drawer. Are you worried, or is the design somehow compensating for the movement? I’‘m not criticizing, I’m just trying to understand the dynamics for my future projects.

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tbone

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#5 posted 974 days ago

Good questions, Antti.
Having never worked with pecan before, I’m a little worried about that myself, but I glued up the tops and let them acclimate for almost six months before I assembled the tables. I brought them inside for awhile, then I left them out in the shop for awhile—trying to encourage wood movement. Once I was satisfied that the tops would be stable, I went on with the assembly. I also was careful to select the wood for the tops to be as close to quartersawn as I could find—with the end grain perpendicular to the face of the boards. There’s much less movement across the face of quartersawn boards.
Anyway, the table is so small—20” x 20”—that any wood movement would be minimal, and hopefully manageable. I would be more concerned if the tables were much larger.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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dorran

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#6 posted 947 days ago

Great build. That pecan looks rich.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#7 posted 947 days ago

I like the design and joinery of these bedside tables,super work.

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