Tea Table

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Project by Russel posted 08-13-2008 01:03 AM 1827 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking back on the last challenge I found that I really rushed through my entry and it was not as well planned as I had originally envisioned. I knew it wasn’t my best and needed nobody to tell me that. The influence of LumberJocks made me well aware of the fact that I could do better.

With that in mind, the Mrs. saw a picture of a tea table that she really liked and mentioned that she liked the idea of me building it. So, I decided to do this a bit better and I am more pleased with this outcome than my challenge entry.

The table stands about 28” tall and is 19” in diameter. The feet were copied from the picture as was the circular top. The center post on the original was nicely turned. However, I lack a lathe and the skill to use one so mine started off as a 2 3/4” by 2 3/4” hunk of wood. Well, that looked rather clunky so I remembered that CharlieM1958 does some rather interesting things with corners and I thought I’d give it a try. I cut a 3/8” notch out of each corner and then rounded over the resulting corners which made for a very interesting look. The Mrs. liked it and so do I.

The table is made of solid cherry with a slice of walut embedded in the post. There are some significant knots in the top that I left there for character. It’s finished with shellac as a sealer and a few coats of wipe-on satin poly. The feet were the first thing made on my new Grizzly bandsaw (and was that fun). Also this is the my first successful use of sliding dovetails to attach the feet. (I need more work there)

-- Working at Woodworking

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 08-13-2008 01:13 AM

Hey Russel;

I don’t know, it looks good to me. What no one else can see doesn’t really count!

How do you like the band saw?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 01:20 AM

Thanks Lee. I love the bandsaw. It’s a Grizzly G0555 14”. I bought the riser but have yet to install it. As it turns out, I don’t own the tools necessary to do it. In the meantime, I bought an Olson 1/2” 3tpi blade and have tried a little resawing … 1/16” slice is a beautiful thing.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 02:17 AM

I really like that post and the walnut insert. Got any closer pics of what you did? I may consider doing such a thing in the future.

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 02:40 AM

Looks great, Russel! Those are some shapely feet!

-- Living on the square...

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 03:46 AM

Russel that is one classy table. I too like the knots in the table top: yep, they add some character. Nice job.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 03:51 AM

Looks great

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 04:04 AM

Russel, Now thats a very nice looking table, the walnut gives it a beautiful touch and the legs are great. The knots in the top looks good also . Its just a very good build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 08-13-2008 05:58 AM

Very nice execution Russel. I love the cherry/walnut combination. The grain pattern and knots are really special. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 08-13-2008 01:28 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 08-13-2008 01:50 PM

Thanks folks. Yeah Joe, I really like the cherry and walnut together.

Zuki, the post is three boards laminated together; cherry + walnut + cherry in a sandwich. For the corners, I set my table saw 3/8” high and 1/4” from the fence (adding 1/8” kerf gave me 3/8” there). Making a cut on each edge and then flipping the post lengthwise and doing it again made for a 3/8” notch on each corner. Then I took a 3/8” roundover bit on the router table and fiddled with the fence until I could round over each new corner. It took a lot of weight off the post without making it look undersized for the feet and top. I’d post pictures if I had them, but … well … I don’t.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 08-13-2008 07:19 PM

Very nice execution


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#12 posted 08-14-2008 02:50 AM

Beautiful job. I like the contrast in wood. Thanks for posting

-- Rusty

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#13 posted 09-01-2008 06:00 AM

Sweet little table, Russell

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#14 posted 09-01-2008 06:12 PM

Very nice table, Russell. I like the wood combinations too, but I especially like the edge treatment on the top.
I’m glad you like the band saw. Having one makes a huge difference in where the work can go.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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