First Commision - From the Wife

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Project by Greg3G posted 03-20-2007 06:33 PM 2398 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I treat this project as my first commission since we went through the design and build process just like any other customer. I even got a dinner out and a couple of tools out of the deal. She wanted a small table that looked like a cross between an old writing desk she saw and an night stand. Her plan was to put it near the fireplace and keep matches and fires tarters in it. I was fairly new to the area and had not found the local Hardwood dealer yet so the red oak came from the home center. The finish is a combination of medium brown dye, then red mahogany, and three coats of gloss poloy (wife’s choice on that one.)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#1 posted 03-20-2007 06:34 PM

Very nice job Greg. A nice design and a wonderful finish.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 03-20-2007 06:43 PM

I’m sure that you have a very happy customer!! This is wonderful – a great design and excellent execution.
Sounds like it was a good price you got for it. Well done :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-20-2007 07:05 PM

Very pretty! Did you turn the legs yourself?

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2007 07:21 PM

I like the delicate style of this piece. It turned out very nice..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 03-20-2007 08:28 PM

Very classy. I like the legs.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#6 posted 03-20-2007 08:59 PM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 03-20-2007 09:26 PM

Very Nice, she even took you out to dinner, and here I am trying to make my wife understand that I cant build without tools, you get tools, AND dinner Gre3G you’re my hero, help me!!!

-- Cheers

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#8 posted 03-20-2007 09:58 PM

Nice job Greg. I like the turned legs. I did a similar piece with tapered legs. I have some pics of it I’ll post later.

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#9 posted 03-20-2007 10:47 PM

Very nice greg.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 03-20-2007 11:33 PM

Nice and dainty little desk.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 03-21-2007 03:57 AM

Very nice project. I like the slender touch to the legs. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#12 posted 03-21-2007 03:58 AM

Interesting color for Oak. One of my first projects was a bookshelf built only with a jig saw and a drill.

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#13 posted 03-22-2007 01:55 AM

Very impressive.

Keep them coming.

-- Dusty

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#14 posted 03-22-2007 01:46 PM

Love the color and the turned legs. Very well done!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 04-07-2007 11:20 PM

I have to admit….I cheated a little on these and the other tables. I don’t own a lathe so I used oak staircase spindles for the legs. I had to cut them down from both ends and that was a task in itself. None of the spindles were exactly the same lenght and the all of the square parts were different lenghs as well. I solved that by measuring from the samp point in the turned details to the ends. I had to use some large shims to hold the legs square on the miter gauge on the table saw. Once I had the sides assembled, I cut the angle for the lid and assembled them with the front and back. On the front, I hand planed the front to match the angle of the sides.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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