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Project by RGtools posted 03-31-2012 10:42 PM 2004 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to describing this piece. The class that it was built for has been an amazing experience for me and had given me the opportunity to meet some incredible people and learn a lot from them and from myself.

This table is a testament to the lengths I will go to for wood. I purchased the slab of beech for about $87 if my memory serves, which was every cent I had at the time. I had to have that smoke pattern, even though I had no idea what to do with it. My first thought was to use it for a coopered door cabinet…but the smoke pattern was disrupted. Without the class I am not sure I would have thought to use this. The base was made from a slab of Sapele that I drooled over every single time I loaded hay (it was in my dealers barn). He finally sold me the slab for $10..we both though it was oak at the time.

I could not begin to clock the hours it took me to do this…and it would not be a fair thing to do anyway. I was shocked at how much filming and taking pictures slowed me down. I built this table in half hour intervals since my schedule is so tight and my average time working on this was an hour a week. This winter turned out busier than I could have guessed.

I finished the top with several coats of BLO, and the base with Beeswax finish that my wife makes.

The Pics:

1. The Table
2. The Top…I could not improve this wood my goal was not to mess it up
3. My favorite “Shop Shot” during the build
4. My makers mark…one day I will learn to carve the one mads drew for me…but for now I kind of like this scribble. It fits me.
5. Texture detail
6. Where I get to type the final entry of the class.

It was of course made without the aid of any power tool.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan





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jjw5858

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 11:11 PM

Really a nice looking project to be proud of, great work!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Brit

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 11:19 PM

Congrats Ryan. The table looks great in situ with the PC on it. Thanks for a really enjoyable class.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 01:47 AM

nice bit of grain on a fine looking table

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 02:18 AM

It is absolutely beautiful Ryan. Congratulations on the completion.

-- ~Tony

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Roger

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 12:28 PM

Very awesome table. The grain on the top is killer!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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RGtools

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 06:00 PM

Thanks everyone. I am enjoying having a desk to work on. The wood was really a joy to work with and I cannot wait to get the last class posted. I have the write up done. I just have to get the video edited and uploaded.

Thanks again for the comments and for those of you who followed along so far I hope you learned a few things…I know I have.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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nomercadies

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 11:29 PM

Wonderful!
I like how you attached the top to the skirt.
How did you join the legs to the rest of the table?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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RGtools

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 11:33 PM

Nomercadies, I used a haunched mortise and tenon joint that was then blind-drawbored.

If you want to see how I did it, take a look.

http://lumberjocks.com/RGtools/blog/27337

http://lumberjocks.com/RGtools/blog/27611

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#9 posted 04-02-2012 12:21 PM

its a great looking table. Thanks for the instructions. I know how much the videoing must have slowed you down.

it is appreciated.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#10 posted 04-02-2012 12:50 PM

Thanks Don. It’s still been a great experience, but I am looking forward to some guilt free “no camera” shop time.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 04-02-2012 04:49 PM

Really great piece of work. I really like the observation about the wood, and that the main thing was not to mess up what was already there. A very Krenovian sentiment, but you already know that. It’ll be a while before I work up the courage to take on a table, but I’ve been enjoying the blog and applying much to my smaller efforts. Thanks.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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RGtools

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#12 posted 04-02-2012 06:07 PM

Good to hear that you got something from it Balidoug. Krenov really put into words a lot of how I felt about the craft. Though I grant that a few tiny patches of tearout I left in the top would drive him somwhat batty.

Oh well, there is always room for improvement.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mafe

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#13 posted 04-02-2012 07:32 PM

Beautiful RG.
Elegant table.
Best thoughts,
mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#14 posted 04-02-2012 09:00 PM

Thanks Mads…I put the pipe on the table for you.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 04-12-2012 11:17 AM

Wow this table really turned out beautiful didn’t it. A wonderful addition in your home.

Great work RG, thanks for posting.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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