Arts and Crafts, occasional table

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Project by Dusty posted 04-01-2007 02:37 PM 4079 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This historical reproduction of the Limbert Tabourette occasional table is a bit of a challenge to build.

The rabbits and dado’s have to be perfect for a nice tight fit when assembling.

It is made out of 3/4 red oak.

The top is glued up and cut out on a jig using a plunge router and straight cut bit.

The top is edge banded so it takes stain on evenly.

I made a pattern and cut the left and right sides to fit the shelf.

I fastened the top using figure 8’s.

i finished it using my 12 step finish process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 04-01-2007 02:45 PM

Neat table for a chess game.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 04-01-2007 02:57 PM

the shelf is interestin because of the round-square transition.
As always: beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 04-01-2007 04:04 PM

Interesting piece, Dusty. How thick is the edge banding out of curiosity.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 04-01-2007 05:53 PM

Interesting design. Isn’t it amazing how some of the older designs can still look fresh today?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 04-01-2007 05:59 PM

Another wonderful piece of furniture by you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 04-01-2007 08:43 PM

I love it. I can see the Stickley side table like I made in the background. Your projects really capture the essence of the style and a bygone era.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 04-01-2007 09:11 PM

Good honest workmanship!

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#8 posted 04-02-2007 12:23 AM

Another beaut of a piece Dusty. You sure do beauiful work. Thanks for sharing!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 04-02-2007 05:44 AM

Great little table Dusty.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 04-03-2007 03:29 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

I have not been able to be on line or in my shop lately. I have been very busy with a large commercial construction job that I am doing on the side.

I’m great full to be able to have work and be working.

That said, It is nothing like being I’m my shop.

This is a job.

My shop is a passion.

-- Dusty

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#11 posted 04-03-2007 03:35 AM


I try cut them about 1/8 inch so they bend yet aren’t overwhelming and still can be sanded some.

-- Dusty

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#12 posted 04-20-2007 02:39 PM

This is a great table Dusty.

Is you 12-step finish process a secret?

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 04:59 PM

Panama Jack

Not at all. I’m glad to share it with you.

Good luck and if you have any questions let me know. If you check all my mission and arts and crafts projects you will see this is the exact process I use and have developed as a alternative to fuming.


1. Use a natural stainable wood filer, where needed.
2. Sand to 100-grit finish.
3. Sand to final 220-grit finish.
4. Mix water-soluble yellow dye and let sit 12 hours – then hand apply with cheesecloth.
This step raises the grain with the yellow dye, which is water soluble and does two
things, (1) is to stain the wood so the other stain coat takes evenly and won’t soak in
so much, (2) it gives the other two coats of stain a “hue” that is so distinct. It causes a
gentle warm base that shows through and highlights the grain. This replaces, what the
old “fuming” process did to some extent. That is, it gives it its base, but without the
mess and toxic fumes.
The yellow dye for the mission stain process is Transfast, Lemon Soluble Dye,
  1. 3287, packaged in one oz plastic bottle for about six dollars, available at Rockler.
    5. After yellow dye is applied and dry, hand sand with 400-grit (the water based stain will
    raise grain of wood).
    6. Apply your first coat of mixed stain or use Red Mahogany (results are close), use a soft
    cloth or disposable paper rag and gloves.
    7. Let dry and apply second coat stain by hand rubbing in to the wood firmly.
    8. Apply a 2lb cut amber Shellac, let dry completely.
    9. Apply another coat of 2lb cut amber Shellac.
    10. Hand sand with 400-grit and use a tack cloth to dust off wood.
    11. Apply 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Let dry between coats.
    12. Touch up as needed.
    “Your number one enemy with mission stain is glue!”

-- Dusty

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#14 posted 04-21-2007 05:54 AM

Many thanks Dusty! I really like the look you ended up with here.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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