A Tale of Two Tables

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Project by Picklehead posted 209 days ago 636 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two craftsman coffee tables for my wife for Christmas. Design is from Woodsmith magazine #112 (available from Shopnotes online). Initially I was going to make just one in QSWO, then decided I might as well make two since I’d already have the machines set up (measure twice, cut twice!). The second table is walnut. Finished both with Watco danish oil, natural tint. Many thanks to Lumberjocks posters, from whom I learn helpful things every day. Being able to search the site for techniques, projects, blogs, and tips helped a lot with this project. This was my first “furniture” build, did a lot of “firsts”: morties & tenon instead of pocket holes, card scraper instead of sandpaper, etc. Got it done just in time (1:30 am Christmas morning!) Thanks for looking.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#1 posted 209 days ago

Ah, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. (hope you get the reference)

Very nice build on both tables. hard to beat the look of quartersawn lumber, and its hard to beat the grain of walnut. The glass really makes the design look professional, too.

great build & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 209 days ago

Two very nice tables, they look great…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 208 days ago

those are really sharp! Great job. I don’t know which one I like better.

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#4 posted 208 days ago

You did a really nice job on these and I’m sure that she was pleased with them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 120 days ago

Nice looking tables!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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