Side Table

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Project by shauny87 posted 05-12-2013 08:21 AM 1159 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak top side table with beech legs and ebony plugs. Finished with homemade finish of beeswax and coconut oil. Legs are joined to the top by a lap joint (I think that’s how it would be described as.). I regret putting the plugs in, I don’t think it looks any better for it. The only power tool i used was a cordless driver for the plugs, apart from that its all been hand tools. I learnt lots doing this and i enjoyed doing it which is whats important. This is my first large project that I’ve actually finished.

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#1 posted 05-12-2013 08:55 AM

Looks good. Are the plugs hiding screws or just for looks?

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 09:05 AM

Hi shauny87;

That’s nice workmanship, and I hope you don’t mind my saying so, but you will soon see why tables typically have aprons. The top will most likely warp/cup rather quickly.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 11:41 AM

Watermark – The plugs were just for looks.

Lee – I did not know that, that’s useful to know for next time. I did the thing with the end grain where its smiles and frowns on the end grain, but I will just have to hope it stays flat.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 12:01 PM

Great looking. We all hope to learn on every piece we make.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 12:04 PM

Nice build. It’s crisp and clean. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 02:14 PM

I’m thinking there is something you could do such as a hidden apron which might help stabilize the surface. I love this table for its simplicity and the fact that it allowed the board to be a board. The joinery is all the adornment needed. Very lovely piece.

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#7 posted 05-12-2013 03:29 PM

great build,its a very nice table.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 09:25 AM

Very beautiful job.Side table is an absolute necessity when it comes to decorating your home.A side table can serve many uses in your home. If you have side table that is made out of wood then you need to make sure you are properly taking care of the wood surface as well as the rest of the pieces of the table.

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