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Project by JohnnyMike posted 07-11-2012 03:33 AM 1989 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the very first piece of furniture I’ve ever made. I didn’t really follow any plan, though I should have. I thought about adding a bottom shelf, but it was an afterthought and since the legs are attached I’m not really sure how to do it. I will have to call this one “done” and try to do better the next time.

This was built of a local wood here in Papua New Guinea called, Kwila. The two end top pieces are fixed in place, but the middle, of course is not. I have experience a little swelling that makes the middle section fairly tight, but it contracts again with the weather. I’m not sure how to remedy this issue.

I welcome any and all critiques and advice. Thanks.

-- John Michael George,

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 03:56 AM

Good job really unique piece

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 12:32 PM

Nice work!! Like your design.

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 01:00 PM

Nice table, especially for a first project. I like the wood, nice colour and grain. You did a nice job on the tapered legs and the little storage area under the top was a nice surprise. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 05:35 PM

Nice and creative, well tought out.

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#5 posted 07-11-2012 08:39 PM

Back bevel the center piece. Your joint will still look tight and also bind, but the friction may be reduced enough to not LOCK you out. I would do this when conditions are at the loosest for abit of time.

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 12:24 AM

Thanks for the kind words everybody.

John, thanks for the tip. I think I’m going to give it a while to let everything settle a bit, and see how it does, but will probably give that a try afterwards. Thanks for the tip.

-- John Michael George,

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 07:06 AM

That’s a really good start, you really have a good finishing technique, the bedside table looks amazing and make sure you make a shelve at its bottom by the same wood you have made table with.
Good luck..

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