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Project by Tony posted 05-12-2008 06:09 PM 2241 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest from the workshop, based closely on the Sideboard presented in the April issue of Woodworkers Journal, by Frank Grant.

The legs are made from Ash, whilst the top is made from Mahogany, the finish is Polyx Oil, Sanded out to P600 and then 2 coats of Fiddes “Cherry Supreme wax, which has darkened legs a little and given a fuller colour to the pale Mahogany.

The Legs and frame are the same dimensions as the original; however the method of construction using the “beadLOCK system” and dowels have been replaced with mortise and tennon joinery. I did not have the beadLock system, I also think that a 3” x ½” Tennon is probably stronger.

The original top was made from Bubinger, as I did not have any lying around in the shop, I used Mahogany – the original length of the top was designed to be 76”, but when I looked the proportions, I did not like the large overhang at each end, so I cut off 15” and reduced the top to 61”.

The overall dimensions are 61” x 20” x 36”. The project took about 35 hours to complete including the finishing and installation.

I made this for my wife for our 5th anniversary (wood) as a thank you for supporting and putting up with me. The sideboard will reside in our living room and located under the window, to act mainly as a plant stand.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 05-12-2008 06:47 PM

Wow Tony! What a beautiful gift.

I really love this piece. The joinery looks great and the wood selection works very well.

I don’t subscribe to Woodworkers Journal, but I’m going to seek this one out…I’d like to try this table sometime.

Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 08:51 PM

very nice table…i like the combination of woods used…and the curve in the legs…i think to thank my wife—-if it is a wood project to thank her for putting up with me—-I will need a house to say what I need to say…so clearly you must be doing pretty good!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 09:40 PM

Beautiful table, Tony. Great wood combination.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-12-2008 09:41 PM


This is a beautiful piece and I am sure that your wife will love it. The proportions look good and I like the curved legs.

Thanks for sharing both this piece and the story behind it.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 12:44 AM

Great job on the table, I think you made a good choice with the changed proportions.

This is a beautiful desgn and well executed.

I appreciate your time for making this post.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 01:35 AM

I am impressed. It is beautiful. I love the shape of the entire piece. Very well done.

-- JJohn

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 01:48 AM

Beautiful work. Great choice of timber, and the curved legs have added more interest.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 05-13-2008 01:58 AM

This piece looks so very graceful; I have been a fan of the designs that have the tops appear to float, like yours.

Beautiful work Tony!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 05-13-2008 05:33 AM

Nice job. I have started on a similiar table with a little different design for the top. Tried using dowels (3) for connecting the legs but couldn’t get them to pull together. They had said in the article that clamping them together would be a problem. Did you have any problems or can you offer solutions. I am thinking that a double biscuit will be what it use. I know it won’t be as strong, but willing to take the risk. If it comes out good I will post some pictures also.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#10 posted 05-13-2008 05:34 AM

Great looking table, Tony. I like the legs and the M&T is at least as strong.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-13-2008 09:32 AM


Biscuits will not be strong enough to hold the joint, Use M&T or loose tennons with a good depth (1 1/2” to 2” into each side).

I clamped each side individually on my bench, using the bench to keep the legs and rail totally flat, whilst applying pressure from both ends. Clamping was quite easy, use the rounded cut-offs from the legs to square up the ends. or use a large band/sling in a loop (the type use when they deliver large items and hoist them off the truck)

The photos below give you the idea. I have many of these things, which are no longer safe for there intended use, but fantastic for my use. just keep adding them together to make really long bands.


Band clamp 1

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 02:07 PM

That is a beautiful table with flawless execution. I love the design. Great job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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