Quick dinner table for coworker

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Project by Reverse_Pivot posted 11-25-2013 06:07 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While at work, a coworker mentioned that he didn’t have a table to eat on at home, and was having a hard time finding one that was inexpensive, and small enough for his tiny apartment. AHAH! Someone with modest needs, and low expectations! Sounds like a perfect job for me!

The table is built entirely out of pine, since I had a bunch of salvaged pine in the garage, and my wife doesn’t like me either spending money on wood, or cluttering up the garage. Not the most durable, but it was free!

The leg design was giving me fits, couldn’t find anything that looked right and fit the small size of the table. I saw a large pedestal table at work that had 4 feet tenoned into the pillar, and decided that this was an easier way to get a similar effect, without having to produce a round pillar without a lathe, and without risking my questionable tenoning skills on a piece for someone else. The pillar goes all the way to the floor, so there are 5 points of contact, and most of the weight is supported by the center, taking stress off the feet.

Finished with Minwax red oak stain, and a couple coats of spray lacquer. Turned out all right, and my coworker loves it!

-- -Tim

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 07:55 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed your narrative. How did you construct the top and attach to pillar?

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 08:12 PM

Sweet table

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 03:04 AM

Great post Tim. Funny as well as interesting. I’m curious too, about how the top was contructed and attached to the pedestal?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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Michael Wilson

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 03:50 AM

I really like the look of it.

+1 for more details about the construction. Looks like something I might be able to tackle.

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 07:18 AM

The top is attached with cleats, which function as battens. 2 pieces of 1×3, screwed to the pillar, running crosswise to control movement of the top. I’d add another picture, but I don’t have the table any more! The top was just a panel of 1×4 edge glued pine. About 28” or so in diameter, if I recall. Made a giant compass with a stick and pencil, traced a circle, and since I don’t have a bandsaw, went to town with a jigsaw. Evened everything up to the line, then hit the edge with a 3/8” beading bit on my router.
If I had to make another, which I might, I would rabbet top of the pillar for the cleats, and the bottom for the feet. Then half-lap the feet to fit into the pillar, and it would look cleaner, and the feet would be stronger. Admittedly, I fell victim to a certain amount of frustration due to SNAFU in pretty much ever stage, and resorted to just screwing things together.

Michael, if you want, I’ll try to make a list of parts and any details I can remember. Even with everything that went wrong, it was a relatively simple build, and very satisfying!

-- -Tim

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 09:46 PM

Getting to practice something new AND help out a fellow human being in need…WIN WIN! Well done Tim. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:31 AM

Thanks for the offer Tim. But that’s actually pretty detailed right there :-)

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 05:18 PM

Looks great and sturdy. Like the design especially the legs. Great gesture and great job!

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#9 posted 11-29-2013 05:40 PM

A very nice gesture coming to the ad of a friend,well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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