Copier Table

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-26-2013 10:47 PM 1692 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a request from our Padre at our church for a short table for the new copier/fax machine. The old table is too small and too high so I threw this one together from scraps in my wood bins. It had to be 22”x24”x15”high. I thought it would be nice to have paper storage below so I made a removable rack for it too.
This gave me a chance to use many of my home made fixtures and I took some shots of the wood going through the processes.
I didn’t want to have to buy a new 4×8 sheet of plywood but I only had a small piece of 3/4 oak plywood.I usually put 3/4” wide banding on tops but on this one I put 2” wide banding and top was then big enough.
The third pic shows the white wood pieces. The aprons are doweled into the legs and each leg has a dowel into the top.
The 4th pic shows how I modified my leg tapering fixture to go from 1.43 degrees to 3.36 degrees with a shim that is screwed in place on the fixture. I love this fixture- it works so slick and safe. I only wished I had more pieces to cut
The 5th pic shows using my drill press angle plate to hold the aprons vertical and the doweling jig is fastened to the top end of the apron. I use that same fixture for the legs with a 3/8” shim under the gauge plate to locate the holes in the center of the leg.
The last shot is my drill press table that I don’t use very much except when I have to put a lot of holes in exactly the same location. I used it here to locate the 4 holes in the legs for pins that the shelf sits on. They had to be level with the floor so the shelf was 8” off the floor.
I always say you appreciate tools better if you make them your self!! I enjoy the making and the using!!!!!!

It is oak solids and plywood and is finished with Zar 120 stain and Clear lacquer.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 10:54 PM

Awesome table Jim !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 11:07 PM

Great table and great fixtures Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 11:12 PM

Nice table Jim, the Padre will appreciate it and hopefully give you more credit points for you know where.
Great satisfaction making and using tools you created. Well done mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 11:33 PM

Handsome Table Jim!
I love Oak in furniture, it has such a warmth and richness…
Great Job my Friend!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 11:40 PM

Dang Jim, who knows what you could have come up with if ya had of new materials…lol Thats pretty sharp for scraps. Seems you have been busy bud.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 11:41 PM

Very nice table, Jim…

Looks like you have a very GOOD Scrap bin!

It worked very nicely…

They will be happy with it…

Making something GOOD out of virtually NOTHING gives one a real sense of accomplishment… doesn’t it?


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 07-27-2013 12:06 AM

very nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 07-27-2013 12:44 AM

Very nice table. I like it. Handy.

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#9 posted 07-27-2013 12:46 AM

Nice table and great job, hey I got my ASH wood back from the saw mill, 367 board foot, dryed and planed? Most of it is 6” wide, 1 1/8” thick and random links from 5’ to 9’. Let me know if you would like any, I will bring it the next time I come your way?

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#10 posted 07-27-2013 01:13 AM

Great job Jim !
Always a good idea to help Padre out when you can.
It’ll always come back to you, when he talks to “his boss”

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#11 posted 07-27-2013 01:24 AM

JIM, JIM, JIM! You are amazing!
What a great table, What a great gift to your church!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 07-27-2013 01:28 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments! I try to support our church if I’m able. I’ll let the lacquer set up about 5 days before I take it to them to set the big copier on it.

Hi Danny, I’ll take a couple boards around 8’ if you can spare them. I never refuse wood- my barn is a testament to that!! I have that drying rack built that we saw in Shipshewana I used maple. Now I need to build a box to mount on the wall to store it in- it might be ash!!!!!. It extends to 60” but I’ll put the stops at 48.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-27-2013 01:40 AM

This is really a very nice table, especially considering that you just “threw this together from scraps.” I’m sure your Padre with appreciate and put your handiwork to good use. Nice collection of jigs by the way.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 07-27-2013 02:02 AM

Great table Jim. Your donation and time will be thankful by many. Good call on the removable shelf, true sign of a caring woodworker.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 07-27-2013 02:51 AM

Very nice table Jim, looks great….job well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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