Scrappy End Table #2

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Project by JeffG posted 05-21-2013 01:44 PM 2480 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This end table measures 20” x 20” x 27” tall. Made from strips of oak, cherry, maple and walnut.

I started by gluing up the end table similar to making a regular cutting board, but added two dowels to help with alignment and strength and just centered the pieces while clamping so the ends of each strip are symmetrical on the sides after the miter cut. To plane the top smooth, I made two of the strips equal heights and placed them near the edges which stabilized it while going through the planer. Next I added the 2”x2”x6’ edge oak pieces (legs) with biscuits and glue. Next I built a simple table saw sled to help cut the miters because the piece was large and awkward to move around. I used glue and four 3” screws on each miter to join them together then plugged the holes. The last step was to add the bottom shelf and finish it with three coats of ploy.

- Thanks for looking

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 01:54 PM

Unique concept. I like it!

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 02:33 PM


-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 06:02 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and say you could probably sell quite a few of these… Nice work!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 10:16 PM

This is beautiful!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 11:24 PM

An amazing piece. More than just the workmanship, which is top notch, it’s also the design. It might have been serendipitous, but it is a masterpiece.

I would tell any potential buyer that I searched years for the right pieces of wood, which by chance turned out to be contained within slabs found left over in a cathedral attic, and was in slab form.

You got up at 3am to begin the arduous process of hand sawing and hewing the various slabs into exact sizes, (while being careful not to waste any of the precious find).

I suppose I could go on. Every piece of fine art deserves a bit of embellishment. :-)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 04:00 AM

Wow, well done!

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 04:03 AM

Still trying to figure out how you bent the ends of that cutting board….yea I know, but it does look like it Great job
And what a great smile on the little one

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 06:37 AM

That’s one of the most creative pieces I have ever seen! You have some design skills sir!

-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 03:45 PM

Love it!!

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 04:56 PM

Now that is a COOL table. can’t take my eyes off of it!

Well Done


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 02:25 PM

It’s unique and attractive table! Like the wood colors and the joinery. Great work!

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#12 posted 12-10-2013 05:23 PM

Hey, I’m pretty beginner, how did you add the bottom shelf and secure it to the legs of the table? I don’t see any plugs or pocket holes.

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#13 posted 12-31-2013 05:13 PM

I really like the interesting cascade effect you get there. Do you mind if I steal/ adapt your design?

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 09:21 PM

@ larson1170 -
Go ahead, love to see another version of this design idea.

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#15 posted 08-17-2017 06:08 AM

Taking risks making something you really don’t know if it will work until it’s finished… In this case paid off big time! This is so imaginative and one of the most unique end tables I’ve seen! Great work! So so cool

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