Mission / Arts and Crafts style Lamp Table

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Project by Dusty posted 03-04-2007 02:00 PM 3102 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Modified Mission/ Arts and Crafts table made out or red oak has pass through tenons. It is part of the several different pieces that I adapted to fit my needs in my collection.

I got the idea from making various pieces that I had come across in magazines and plans. I adopted and modified the design, measurements, and construction techniques to fit my methods and preferences.

It is made from red oak.

The top 3/4 inch thick and is made using the bread board side piece method of tongue and grove . The top is made from glued up equal pieces of oak using biscuits for alignment.

The dimensions are 24 inches deep 24 inches wide ( the top) and its is 26 inches tall. the drawer is 4 inches deep 16 inches wide and has a face rough opening of 15 inches. It is made using the dove tail method for joinery.

The legs are 1 1/2 square. The lower shelf uses a dado to fit in the side pieces and is notched around the legs for a tight fit.

The drawer pull is made from forged copper.

It is finished using my twelve step mission stain process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 03-04-2007 02:35 PM

After making this one with trough tenons, was it worth the extra work? Do you prefer this design? If so, why? If not, why?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 03-04-2007 03:43 PM

The short answer is no.

That said and remembering I am far from a expert in this area. I’m your every day woodworking hack who drives bus and tries to build furniture on the side for my enjoyment.

I will try explaining why I don’t like this method. I’m sure there are many more qualified woodworkers out there who could do a better job of answering your question.

I will try my best.

If I had all the time in the world and no deadlines and wanted to have that look- then I suppose I might say yes. I simply had way too many pieces of furniture to build and finish to furnish my restored house to make it practical.

If I did this work professional and relied on selling it I would think it would take a special type client who’s willing to pay the extra money to make the piece using this method. I would guess most wouldn’t be willing to pay what it takes to build it. That is what I have found is true where I live, in good oh frugal Minnesota. Most people here want to negotiate the cost of an ice-cream cone.

However that said, I know there are lots of clients and furniture makers who make their living doing this. My hat goes off to them.

I have done a lot of these types tenon in the past. Not only on these pieces but if have you recalled on my large dining room table. I find them very time consuming. I also find that they present a lot of other challenges, such as you know only to well, the end grain stains up very different, and uneven. Even though the mission staining process I developed with the use of the yellow dye as a base coat minimizes this, but is still is noticeable. I’m sure you noticed.
Then there is the issue of alignment and the expansion of the tenon. I will spare you my lecture on that problem.

I know that a lot of “true” mission and Arts and Crafts furniture is made this way. I have done hours of extensive research on this style of furniture. I’m still not convinced it was part of the original intent of the designers of this style. I will, the save the lecture on this also because it’s both history, and not conclusive. Further more you never asked that question.

I’m sorry to go off on some tangent, its my passion for furniture building that gets me going, I am sorry.

I hope I answered your question.

-- Dusty

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#3 posted 03-04-2007 08:26 PM

Dusty, I appreciate you spending your valuble time to answer my questions. There is no need to appologize, you’ve done nothing wrong. Your work in the mission style is impressive and you passion for it shows.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 03-04-2007 08:39 PM

Are the tenons chamfered on the ends, I can’t tell? I was looking at ”I did it myself”_on my DVR last night, & seen your lamp. Good show!_

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 03-04-2007 08:57 PM


The tenons are chamfered on the end to facilitate alignment and fit of the mortise.

I”m confused Dick, Are you talking about the TV show I did for DIY network . The shows that are currently running in Europe or “Look what I did” The TV show that is oh HGTV that is currently running now?

I am not sure what “I did it myself” is or what your are referring to.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 03-04-2007 09:02 PM

Dusty, you’re a movie star, too!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 03-04-2007 09:03 PM


My time is no more valuable than yours. I love to answer questions or help out when I can. Remember when I first started it was had to get any info and no one seemed to want to help and it was very frustrating. I just don’t want to come off like I know it all or my way is the only way. I also know my passion gets long winded and not every one cares to have me go that in depth. I am trying to find a happy medium.

You ask what ever you want anything you want. I respect you am more than willing to pass on what I know even if its not that much. I learn by doing that and in return reading others thoughts and ideas.

-- Dusty

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 09:05 PM



I am a bus driver who they asked to do a few shows.

I am a woodworker like all the rest of the lumber jocks in here.

No more no less.

-- Dusty

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#9 posted 03-05-2007 05:22 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#10 posted 05-09-2007 04:28 PM

you are indeed an amazing woodworker Dusty. I would enjoy spending time with you in your shop area. Your lamp is beautiful, is this really a lamp you can build in just three hours? There is no way I could. I would guess at the best 20 hours to do everything from concept to plugging it in for me to do it.

Great work, great projects, I’m a big fan of what you do and write,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#11 posted 05-09-2007 07:19 PM


Thank you.

I am humbled with your statement, coming from you, who I consider not only a master, but some one to look to as a mentor, You set the standard and bench mark for ever woodworker to strive to be like.

You are a very inspiring craftsman and artist.

If you note, this project featured the table, I didn’t remove the lamp from the picture. I should of it wouldn’t of been so confusing .

I did feature this lamp that I built in another project posting.

This particular lamp isn’t the one that I designed and build in about four hours. This lamp is a lot more involved and took considerable more time.

This is the link to that project

Quote “They are some what time consuming to build. I spent all of two and a half days constructing each one of them.”

I really think it would be fun and a honor to hang out in each others shops. What a exciting way to exchange ideas.

-- Dusty

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#12 posted 05-10-2007 07:16 PM

Nice work, Dusty. I enjoyed the above discussion and “love-fest”. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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