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This is a pair of night tables for my wife’s best friend. They were made with the same “Homecenter” red oak and again the finish is a medium brown dye, red mahogany stain, and 3 coats of gloss poly. I only have one major problem, its the one shelf glue up. I couldn’t get a good grain match with the materials at hand. This project is about a year old now. Beleive it or not, I actuallly made a profit off of this one….after I ran the numbers, taking into account materials, shop supplies and sundries…I made about $7.50. Yes again my darling wife was involved, but since I made money, I had to take her out to dinner, and “I already have the tools I needed for this one.”

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 02:15 AM


A profit?

However I didn’t see a labor accounting. Of course we do this for the love not the money.

I’m impressed.

Better yet you only got off with a dinner. small price to pay. :)

-- Dusty

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-22-2007 02:59 AM

Good work and a profit! Move over Mr.Trump.

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#3 posted 03-22-2007 03:25 AM

Did you take her to McDonalds? with that much money? The tables look good—like the table you made for your wife.

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

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#4 posted 03-22-2007 04:05 AM

That’s exactly what my wife wants me to build. Exactly. Thanks for giving me something to show her!

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 04:24 AM

Boy, are you going into this fulltime. This is great.

-- 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 05:27 AM

Accent and side tables are a favorite of mine to build. They can be quite a gratifying project. Those look great.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 03:54 PM

I love the grain of oak!

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

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 04:10 PM


Nice looking tables. Did you turn the legs? Mahogany finish looks pretty good on oak. I haven’t tried that.

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#9 posted 03-22-2007 04:59 PM

Greg, they are just beautiful. I really like how delicate the legs are and look. What a couple of great tables. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 03-22-2007 05:01 PM

Very nice Greg. It looks like we will have tough competition for the Thorsen Table Challenge.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 05-18-2007 04:06 PM

Nice Job Greg. These tables are beautiful and I agree with Chip above…the delicate look of the legs is a nice feture.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 11:39 PM

Thank you, Mr. Shuffle. I missed this one furst time around. Lovely work, Greg.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 10-03-2007 04:18 AM

Nice finish on the tables. What did you use?

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 08:58 AM

Hello Greg

I like this pair very much, nice detail. The only constructive criticism, I would make would be the choice of wood. I think that because the overall piece is a delicate, not a robust piece, that the use of Oak is too hard and heavy (visually) – the grain is too course. Cherry or even better Mahogany would have been a better selection, which would have meant that you could have used less stain and got a more natural colour.

But for an early attempt in your career – I think you should be proud of what you achieved, I know I would have been.

The really important thing is that the customer was happy with the piece and that you are also happy with what you have achieved. Keep up the good work

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#15 posted 04-07-2008 07:04 PM

beautiful tables Lovely work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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