Laundry Table

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Project by Rob posted 07-01-2008 06:16 AM 14285 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make a table for the laundry room. It’s long enough to fit three baskets underneath with plenty of room up top for folding and stacking. It’s made from red oak and finished in a tung oil. This was my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery and I think I’ve got the hang of it now after making 40 joints by hand. I know the table is strong because I dropped it in the shop from about three feet above the cement floor (by accident of course, I was moving it down from the horse)! Just a bit of damage to one of the feet – hardly noticable.

I know I said this table was for my wife, but let me just add for the record that I’m not a chauvinist pig; she just likes doing the laundry. I don’t get out of other housework unfortunately! Here is a picture of her happy to have her laundry table. You cant make it out in the picture but she is barefoot. Yes, barefoot and pregnant and ready to sort and fold (I have the best wife ever).

Thanks for looking! And thanks to all the LJ’s who gave me advice on tiling and finishing; much appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 07:20 AM

Very nice, looks like you got the hang of cutting those mortice and tenons. Good job and congradulations to you and your wife.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 07:27 AM

Very nice looking table. Seems to have nice porportions

-- Jason

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 07:35 AM

Your laundry room furniture looks nicer than what I have in my living room. Good job! I like the tile choice.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 11:41 AM

Very nice, Rob! One of the many projects I have on the go is an Arts and Crafts coffee table. It’s my first time for mortise and tenon too. My fingers are crossed that when finished it looks as good as this!

Love the tile too! I have a few other projects in mind for this too. How did you lay the tile?

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#5 posted 07-01-2008 12:58 PM

Nice table and very useful. It looks like your wife’s about ready to pop! :) Congrats!

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 02:27 PM

I like that, great job of keeping momma happy also.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 07-01-2008 02:39 PM

Looks great Rob, and don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, I think a lot of us can handle that choir. I know I learned way back in my Army days how to do my laundry, just to save a couple buck. Back then at pay grade E-4 I got 128 dollars a month clear. So every penny counted. Of course smokes were only 20 cents a pack. LOL

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

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#8 posted 07-01-2008 05:11 PM

That table is way too nice to hide in a laundry room! Not only is the woodworking great, but the tilework really takes it over the top.

I hope you made it big enough for all the additional laundry that is on the way. :-)

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

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#9 posted 07-02-2008 12:50 AM

Great looking table. You did a nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 07-02-2008 01:07 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. And Greg, you are right about my wife being “about to pop” because that is exactly what she did this afternoon! A baby girl, 8lbs 9ozs, born at 1:23pm on Canada Day!!!

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#11 posted 07-03-2008 12:15 AM

What is with wife’s and always keeping us busy building for them, but then they will complain that we are spending to much time in the shop ????

Great piece…good job….mortise and tenon, hope to get there one day….

-- 'Original Rudge' Muskoka, Cdn

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#12 posted 07-30-2008 06:32 AM

Very nice looking table.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 01-07-2009 11:31 PM

Awesome job Rob and congrats on the new baby girl. I love the table and am glad my wife doesn’t know about this site, because the 2×4 and plywood folding table I made for our laundry room last year doesn’t hold a candle to this one. I’m inspired to try some tenon work myself.

Question: At what point did you do the tile work? Outside of the piece, or did you lay and grout as a last step? I’d be afraid I’d end up slop grouting the top edges. Tung oil added such a nice finish.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#14 posted 01-08-2009 06:16 AM


Thanks for your comments. To answer your question, I did the tiles as a last step after everything was together. I taped off the frame of the table top to keep it free of grout. This worked well for me. Another jock recommended that I use coloured silicone instead of grout. Try that if you aren’t confident in tape I guess. I look forward to seeing what “tenon work” you come up with.


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#15 posted 01-18-2009 02:39 PM

I like the table looks good and functional…..mmmm.. I wonder if I make my wife one if she would like doing laundry….:-)

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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