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Project by Mosquito posted 10-23-2012 11:18 PM 1053 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table for sewing that my girlfriend wanted me to make for her. I saw “table for sewing” because when I think of “sewing table” I think of a table with a recess for the sewing machine to sit in so the table top and sewing machine sewing top are flush. But that’s not what she wanted, so this is merely a table for sewing on.

It is all poplar, and primarily hand tool work.
There are only 3 things hand tools weren’t used for:
Cross cutting the table top to length (circular saw)
Putting the bull nose on the top edges (Router table)
Chamfer on the 4 corners of the legs (Router table)

I guess I never got a picture of it yet, but there is a cross support in the middle because she was worried about the sewing machine being too heavy (I just made her happy by saying I’d put a support in there) which sits in dados in the two long rails. And I used table leg braces/corner braces that I got from Rockler to hold the legs on. They’re also sliding mortise and tenon joints so the legs can be removed, but still offer decent strength beyond just a bolt. Table top fasteners to hold the top to the apron.

It is 29.5” tall, 22” wide, and 46” long.
Finish is 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal semi gloss, with #0000 steel wool between coats, and after the last one. I was strictly told to “NOT make it shiny”. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. A few things I would change if it were mine, but hopefully she’ll be happy with it as she starts to use it.

Some more in progress pictures:

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods





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Brit

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 11:24 PM

I’m sure she’ll love it Mos, but just in case she doesn’t you can always drill some dog holes in that top if you catch my drift.

-- 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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Richard

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 11:30 PM

Nicely executed. Looks good.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 11:38 PM

Nice table there Chris.The beading really does it for me.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 11:56 PM

Well done, looks solid and should be a good user for a long time.

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 02:54 AM

Looking great! That explains the brackets, its made to be broken down. Good thinking. I said it on the handplane thread but the beads you made with the #45 look great. Nice Work! Big points with the girlfriend!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 03:15 AM

Heirloom quality Mos, very nice.

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#7 posted 10-24-2012 04:45 AM

Most excellent Chris. I really admire your ability to adapt and turn out such quality work under what many would consider less than ideal working conditions. It’s a testament to your abilities for sure.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 10-24-2012 04:46 AM

Your in-process pics are inspirational. Very nice post, Chris. Congrats on a great build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mosquito

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 02:13 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m glad to see ti finished finally. It’s been taking up a lot of room in my spare bedroom, erm I mean “shop” so now I have room do do other things (with out using the unfinished table as a table… there’s a few dings in it, “character”)
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Andy, that’s what the 12/4 piece of Red Oak is for… but I have been wanting to build a table for my kitchen… lol
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Mauricio, yeah it’s meant to be broken down. I figured it wasn’t that much added effort to make the legs removable, and it would make it a lot easier to move. Plus, I’d have to lay it down on its side with 2 legs having their own weight on the joints in order to move it. It’s about 1” too tall to fit standing in the back of my car (I tried)
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Tony, thanks. This is something I really enjoy, so I’m willing to put up with less than perfect conditions to do what I enjoy. Can’t wait until I have a dedicated shop where I don’t have to be mindful of carpet, or neighbors, to an extent.
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The beading was mostly her idea. She wanted “something” so I grabbed a test board that I had used the #45 on before, and she liked it, so we went with it. I’m pleased with how that turned out as well. Being all the same wood, I think it helps to break it up a little.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 03:57 PM

Beautiful work, man. And thanks for the sequence of photos. That’s a great accomplishment.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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