Two-Face Teaching Table

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Project by RedBeard posted 06-13-2008 05:04 AM 2137 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my senior thesis project I wanted to create a tool to help beginning woodworkers learn about good design and craftsmanship. The design is basically a shaker style table with two drawers that has been split in half. One half is loaded with commonly made mistakes, poorly chosen lumber, and a finish that is just disgusting. The other half features beautiful wood, carefully thought-out and executed joinery, solid construction, and a finish that will make you blush. I added an inlay feature on the table-top where the two halves meet. It shows Two-face from batman, done with appropriately good and bad techniques. I created a large (80”x56”) poster which served as a map to the piece, illustrating each of the intentional mistakes as well as explaining their well-crafted counterparts on the other half.Thanks to everyone who helped out with stories of their own mistakes. I have more process pictures and I am trying to find a nice way to display them online. I hope you all like it.


-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 06-13-2008 05:14 AM

Despite the intentional “mistakes”, I think the whole thing came out incredible. One of my favorites I’ve seen yet.

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#2 posted 06-13-2008 06:00 AM

i cant tell which side is the side with mistakes—-so tell your professors that your teaching tool is perfect—-because when i get a close-up look..with more pictures I will really learn!!!\

good luck with the grade…personally (and professionally as a teacher) this is an excellent teaching medium. Teaching with metaphor and truly makes people thiink and they will remember the lessons…

Excellent concept…A+

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-13-2008 11:56 AM

What an intriguing piece of work RB. I, too, would like to see a series of pictures showing some of the errors. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 01:08 PM

This table is quite a statement to your craft. Well done.

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#5 posted 06-13-2008 01:45 PM

that’s pretty clever.
great looking work.
for me, both would have the same amount of mistakes!!

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#6 posted 06-13-2008 02:34 PM

Heck, your bad side looks better than some of my good projects! ;)

Nice work.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 06-13-2008 03:04 PM

This is great :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 06-13-2008 04:13 PM

Great project! I’d love to see it in person, because I really can’t see the mistakes on the “mistake” side.

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

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#9 posted 06-13-2008 05:39 PM

Here are the pictures of the bad side construction. Good side will be up soon.

Thanks for all of the comments. With the bad side I was trying to show the work of someone who means well, but is either too impatient or just too new to the craft to use proper technique – basically me before I began researching this project. I’ve always had the woodworking bug, but now I have a much greater appreciation for what it takes to do it right. If anyone is near Cincinnati and would like to check this table out just let me know.

Thanks again,

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#10 posted 06-13-2008 06:31 PM

Here are pics of the good side

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#11 posted 06-13-2008 06:47 PM

Very nice work.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 06-13-2008 08:12 PM

After looking at photos of the bad side, can I get a big “been there, done that” amen? <g>

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

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#13 posted 06-13-2008 10:49 PM

Very good teaching tool. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 06-14-2008 08:51 AM

fascinating, your students will learn a lot from your teaching.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#15 posted 04-26-2010 08:51 AM

This is really impressive, imaginative, illustrative and ingenious….and hilarious with a note of cartoon flavor of childhood. Well done !

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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