Hayden's Table

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Project by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 2270 days ago 5349 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This is a table I made for my 14 month old daughter. I wanted to practice some new techniques and do a project without committing a lot of time and money to a bigger project. Now, after finishing this smaller scale table, I’d feel much more confident about committing to a larger project.

It’s solid walnut, 18 inches high, with an 18×24 inch top. The legs are a modified tapered spade foot, joined to the apron with mortice and tenon. The top is 4 pieces, bookmatched, joined to the apron with table clips in biscuit slots. The top has a cove edge to complement the partial spade foot. The only mechanical fasteners are the #6×1/2” screws holding in the table top clips.

I got a lot of practice and use out of my new sharp chisels and planes, thanks to a new Tormek T7.

The finish is
  • 2 coats danish oil wetsanded
  • 2 coats 1# shellac
  • 2 coats oil/poly blend
  • 1 coat wax

This was fun to build, and I learned a lot. I wish it had less sapwood, but I still like it.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2270 days ago

This is a beautiful table. Walnut is such a warm and gorgeous wood. You did well on this table. The sapwood adds a nice contrast to the rest of the table and gives it character.

Thanks for the post. I am sure that Hayden will enjoy playing on it.

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

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#2 posted 2270 days ago

well how all you have to do is add to the measurements and do the same thing again and you’ve got a dinning room table.

-- JJohn

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#3 posted 2270 days ago

Beautiful work… That top is really nice and I think the sap wood adds some interesting contrast to the overall piece.

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

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#4 posted 2270 days ago

That is one beautiful table. Love the top! Nice work.

-- Bob

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 2270 days ago

I love sapwood and I love this table!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#6 posted 2270 days ago

Guys thanks for all the nice comments. Hayden (the daughter) was using it tonight… Standing while ‘reading’ her Elmo book. Well, reading as well as a typical 14 month-old ;)


-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#7 posted 2270 days ago

looks wonderful…i like the notches in the legs…nice detail…and of course the finish came out nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 2270 days ago

Great looking table. The grain is wonderful, and I like your leg design.

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

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#9 posted 2270 days ago

Nice work Matt… good looking table. Sounds like you gained a great deal from this project.


-- Brian, Washington

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#10 posted 2270 days ago

Nice clean design and execution. Great job!

-- 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 2269 days ago

That is a beautiful table with wonderful wood. Nice job.

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

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#12 posted 2269 days ago

Great job! When are you going to do the full size version?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 2269 days ago

Nice table.

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

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 2269 days ago

I like it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 2269 days ago

this is awesome and only 18” high …remarkable grain pattern …I like the sapwood : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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