Work tabel and bad idea joints

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There are so many beautiful posts here on LJ, everybody is showing there amazing skills. so I’m going to show my lack of skills.

I needed a new worktable because I bought an old lathe (old junk as my wife calls it, it rimes in Danish)

I though why not build a rustic table with tusk tenon joints that can’t be hard. The bottom joint turned out all right it just took allot of time.

But then I needed a way to make the top joint and in my mind I conceived a new kind of joint, one joint to rule them all.

So here it is.
I call it the dovetail tusk tenon joint or just a very bad idea

I really doesn’t work well. it was not stable so I got so annoyed that I screwed a pair of triangles on the back.

Oh well we win some and loose some. At least I got a table for my lathe and I proved to my wife that my old junk work.

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 10:49 PM

Don’t throw it into the fires of mount doom yet. It looks like it will work just fine and is very imaginative.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 11:24 PM

Woodworking is all about fixing our mistakes, we all mess up at certain points.
I like that you tried to think out of the box even if it didn’t work very good as you say, but if its just screws you put there I would have try something I also never tried before to make that joint work. I would have cut it flash with the legs of the table, make a center cut on it and then try to fit a hard wood wedge inside there and glue everything up for sure, just the same way we fit the handle on a mallet’s head. Just trying to think your way here ;)
Other than that the table we work fine for your lathe

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

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258 posts in 2304 days

#3 posted 07-28-2013 11:58 PM

Like Pippin and Merry, your road to glory may be paved with a few Orcs. Endeavor to persevere!

-- Ron, Montana

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 02:57 AM

Yeah, that’s an ugly joint, but if I had a nickle for every ugly joint I put together I’d have plenty. At least you can cross it off your list. If you hadn’t used that joint, you’d still be dreaming about it. I remember my first finger joint, the end result had more wood filler in the corners than fingers!

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 05:30 AM

With that behind you – er… in front of you when you use your lathe, you will soon be flying through all sorts of challenges, and winning. You got a good attitude, and that what counts!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 02:31 AM

That’s really cool and it’s going to look even better with age. Ingenious work.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#7 posted 08-08-2013 02:40 AM

I agree with Jofa!

That joint is a must have. Mine. My own… My Precious.

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

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 03:18 AM

I like it. Original, rustic

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