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Project by Steve Erwin posted 10-12-2012 10:09 PM 2123 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started woodworking in 2009 after my brother helped me finish my basement. Who knew making sawdust was so much fun? I tend to build everything in detail in SketchUp before going to the lumber mill.

This is the second piece of furniture I ever made, and my first attempt at a dovetailed (with a router), side-hung drawer. I still really like how this table turned out.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.





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#1 posted 10-12-2012 10:35 PM

A good design and a fine build. A very cool A&C piece.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 03:49 AM

That’s a very nice piece. Second piece, really? Keep on working, you have some real talent.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 01:42 PM

Nice job. The through tenons look great.

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 01:55 PM

Great job, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Steve Erwin

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks everybody. I have to say, this is the warmest welcome I’ve ever had to an online community.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.

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#6 posted 10-13-2012 04:22 PM

i like this

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#7 posted 10-13-2012 05:30 PM

Nice! I’m working on some coffee tables that are similar right now

What method did you use for the through tenons?

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#8 posted 10-13-2012 08:00 PM

nice looking table

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Steve Erwin

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 08:48 PM

@Everett1: The first thing I built was a small end table for my father-in-law to put his mug of beer on while he watches ball games. I used a drill press for the mortises and left them round, and hand-whittled all the spindle tenons. After that I decided if I was going to be spending as much time as I wanted in the Arts & Crafts style, that I should invest in a benchtop mortiser. That’s how I make all my mortises now.

Blue tape helps keep the grain from blowing out the other side, but an even better approach is to flip the board and mortise the rest from the other direction, preventing any blowout.

I made the tenons on a table saw with a dado stack. Make the cheek cuts with a regular blade and then put the dado stack on to cut off the rest of the meat. I haven’t found a faster way to make tenons yet. Though my bandsaw comes pretty close.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.

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#10 posted 10-13-2012 09:13 PM

Nice. I just got a mortiser today at an estate sale. The delta benchtop one

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#11 posted 10-14-2012 12:24 AM

A dedicated tool guy! Norm would be proud! Nice piece, saw your postings this and the other table caught my eye!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 10-14-2012 02:00 AM

I can’t believe this is only your second project. You’ve got talent, that’s for sure! I really like your table and the through tenons look great.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#13 posted 10-14-2012 02:55 AM

I like the lighter weight of this one…...................................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 03:26 AM

Great job. Would you mind telling a fellow, somewhat new, woodworker in myself, how you cut the drawer front from the side rail? I can’t see any saw lines, other than around the drawer, and the grain matches so it must have been one piece as some point.

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Steve Erwin

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#15 posted 10-15-2012 12:19 PM

@pwgphoto:

Take the board for your front apron and slice off the top and bottom distance to where you want the drawer bay to be. Then crosscut the drawer front out of what would now be your middle board and set it aside (in a safe place!). You end up with a top, a left, a right, and a bottom. Now glue those remaining 4 parts back together trying to line up the grain as much as possible.

1/8” of grain is missing, but you can’t really tell unless you get up really close and even when you try to look for it, it’s hard to see.

Like so:

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.

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