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Project by Ben Dittenbir posted 558 days ago 1310 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to challenge myself, so I decided to make an end table to match our new sofa. There were lots of mistakes but when I was done I was very happy with it. I also learned a ton.
The legs are red oak along with the top. The base was made out of some spear wood I had laying around.
I saw a video on tapping your own holes and I went ahead and tried it, I was surprised by how simply it was, I also never tried dovetails before and didn’t have a clue on what I was doing, I tried several test pieces and when I was content I went a head and completed the base.
The bottom shelve I didn’t take my time on and got anxious and left some gaps. Next time I know.

If anyone has any tips they would like to share I would enjoy hearing them. I am very eager on learning.

-- Ben - California





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Monte Pittman

10811 posts in 839 days


#1 posted 558 days ago

First of all, same thing I have problems with, Patience! Don’t try to finish too fast. It’s not uncommon for finishing to take as long as the rest of the project.

The rest is learning as you go and ask questions when you need. This is a great place to get any answer you need.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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D_Allen

495 posts in 1285 days


#2 posted 558 days ago

Great job for getting started. I like the 4-panel design.
Box joints take some time to get right, lots of fiddling with settings.
Have you looked at pocket hole joinery? This looks like a great place for those.
Lots of places here where they could be hidden from view.

-- Website is finally up and running....www.woodandwrite.com

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Ben Dittenbir

33 posts in 559 days


#3 posted 558 days ago

Thank you

-- Ben - California

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 558 days ago

Careful, end tables are addicting. We already have more than we need and I can barely resist building another.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Ben Dittenbir

33 posts in 559 days


#5 posted 558 days ago

I will remember that, I wanted to build another one to see what I could improve, but I don’t have a location so I haven’t yet. Thank you for the advice

-- Ben - California

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Grumpymike

958 posts in 816 days


#6 posted 558 days ago

What a great job on the table, the top design really speaks out.
In some circles leaving the hardware exposed is a vouge thing, but I prefer to hide them. I would have counter sunk the bolts and cut a plug to cover the boltheads. but again that is my taste.
This looks to be a sturdy build, I am anxious to see your next creation.
Oh, by the way Welcome to LJ’s.
D_Allen sudgested pocket hole joinery, yes, yes, look into that. Kreg makes a kit for around $135 that is a great place to start (and there are less costly ways to start out but later you will buy the kit).
Again welcome and keep up the work.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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