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Project by EarlS posted 12-26-2011 04:29 PM 1185 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was reading the Sept/Oct issue of Fine Woodworking and I came across an article by Kevin Rodel on his version of a table made by Josef Hoffmann in 1903. I think the changes he made make the piece look even better than the original. I made the table from walnut with several coats of gloss poly wipe and lots of hand rubbing.

It was the first time I had worked with tapered legs so I also made a tapered cut jig from free plans available on the internet. Just don’t forget to make the square sides.

The grids were easy to make using a dado and ripping the pieces to width after making the dado cuts. I used a tenon instead of splines to glue the legs and grids together more as a matter of preference.

The top is 4 pieces glued end to side to accent the grain in the wood. Lastly, we added a 3X3 tile of a dog to remember our Springer that we lost just after Thanksgiving. All in all, it was a fun piece.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"





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#1 posted 12-26-2011 05:05 PM

Very nice table with a great finish. Welcome to LJ !

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 05:52 PM

Are you happy with the tapered jig? I need to build on but I am stumbling on the ‘compass hinge’ I can’t find one.

-- Don

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 05:56 PM

Cool table, like the top

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 06:32 PM

Beautiful table and a nice way to remember your pet. Thanks for sharing.

Welcome to LJs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 08:07 PM

Don – The taper jig I found doesn’t use a compass hinge. I had one of them and I hated it. It never held the angle. With this one you just set the thickness at the top of the piece and the bottom of it and tighten things down. It is much easier to set and definitely safer and easier to cut with.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 08:15 PM

Don – try this link for the free taper jig plans:

http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/2007/08/17/sn/

It is from Woodsmith.

Since I had some, I used store bought clamps instead of making them as shown in the plans. It took an hour or so to make it. I also made mine 12” wide rather than 7”.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 12-27-2011 03:19 AM

Nice design!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 01:04 AM

Nice table! That project coincodently is next on my list to make. once I saw it, I wanted one. Great job!

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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