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Project by Bob O'Brien posted 2202 days ago 1165 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first serious project to come out of my shop after spending months just setting it up and building things like storage carts. I designed the table in SketchUp (see image with transparency turned on), which allowed me to work out the joinery in detail. As an architect, I have been a SketchUp user for years, so this was a failrly easy transition.

The table has 1-1/2-inch two-sided tapered legs, a 3/4-inch top with pegged, mortise-and-tenon breadboard ends, and 3/4-inch aprons. To add detail to the aprons, I wanted to place three 3/4-inch square holes at the midpoint of each side. I first considered cutting these out with mortise chisels, but then decided instead to avoid the end grain in the holes by building up the rails with the 3/4-inch strip surrounding the holes made of cherry with the grain running vertically. The holes were not cut, but assembled using a jig. To reinforce the end-grain glue joint that was inevitable in this assembly, I screwed the pieces together from the top. The strength of the rails is not really compromised because, like any beam, the stress is greatest at the top and bottom and least at the center. I think the grain reversal gives an interesting visual texture that would have been missing if I had cut the holes in a single board.

The fabrication was accomplished with a combination of power and hand tools. I cut the mortises with a router and chisels; cut the tenons and tapered the legs on the table saw, fine tuning with hand planes; and did all of the sanding with a Festool Rotex orbital sander. For the finish I used Minwax Clear Satin Wipe-On Poly, which after 4 coats produced a tough, smooth finish.

I plan to continue to develop this design with other tables, perhaps working next on a coffee table version.

-- Bob





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#1 posted 2202 days ago

Great looking table!

Lew

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#2 posted 2202 days ago

nice table …how about a close up of the holes that aren’t holes , please ?

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#3 posted 2202 days ago

Very clean design, Bob, nice lines to it. Look forward to seeing the rest of the series of this design. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 2202 days ago

Great job! That’s a very nice table.

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#5 posted 2202 days ago

Very elegant and detail-rich table, Bob. Great work!

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#6 posted 2202 days ago

Hi Bob

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this table. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

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#7 posted 2202 days ago

Very nice end table. Thank you for sharing.

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#8 posted 2201 days ago

That is a nice design. Very clean.

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#9 posted 2146 days ago

Good work Bob ! Looking forward to your next project posting. Very crisp design.

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#10 posted 2003 days ago

Dusty56:
I wanted to look at a closeup of the holes too, so I selected the picture in zoom mode, copied it and pasted it in Word. Then I clicked on the picture and use my mouse to drag a corner which allowed me to greatly increase the magnification. Not perfect, but it did allow me a closer look at a great looking table.
I often use this technique to “expand” my look at projects.
Hope this helps.

-- jstegall

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