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Project by tefinn posted 291 days ago 655 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had been looking for a table or shelf to put against a wall in her family room. It needed to fit between two doorways and hide, but not block, the air return on that wall. It also had to be a certain height, so when she was on the couch, she could see the pictures of her grandkids sitting on it. I decided to build this for her Birthday.

The overall demensions are 30”x30”x14”. I made some glue ups of 4/4 for the top and 3/4 for the shelf. For the legs I used 4/4 stock and the rest is all 3/4. The wood is all reclaimed white oak. The rail to leg joinery is mortise and tenon. I put a 5/8” chamfer under the table top edge to help lighten the look. The bottom rail arches were cut on the bandsaw. All edges have a 1/8” round over. The top and shelf are attached using wood blocks and screws (the only hardware) with allowance for expansion.

The piece was sanded to 220 and then stained with Rustoleum Summer Oak. It was then finished with several coats of home mixed wipe-on poly with Transtint Dark Vintage Maple added to it. This gave me an almost perfect match to the other furniture in the room.

Not a very fancy or ambitious project, but my friend loved it and that’s all that really matters. Now she’s asked me to change the vent grate behind it. :)

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.





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kdc68

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#1 posted 291 days ago

Very elegant occasional table…I’m not surprised your friend loved it….nicely done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 291 days ago

The table looks great, these are always fun to make. Nice work!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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Garry

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#3 posted 291 days ago

Simple elegant design. My favorite style.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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KodaBear

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#4 posted 289 days ago

perfect

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 289 days ago

Beautiful and well made table! Like the simple design, clean lines and great finish. No wonder your friend loves it. Great work!

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 289 days ago

Nice clean work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Handtooler

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#7 posted 231 days ago

WOW! I really like it, maybe because of its simplicity. Joinery is superb. Thanks for sharing.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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tefinn

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#8 posted 231 days ago

Thanks for the comments! Since it was made to specifications, I had to use the dimensions given. If I were to repeat the design, I’d change either the height (lower) or the length (longer). I’m not really fond of the “square” look. :)

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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