The wood that no one wanted made the side table I needed

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 233 days ago 1366 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my new side table. It’s made of red oak and walnut. I will be putting this humble little side table into the contest that is going on (as soon as I figure out how).

The red oak comes from a big pallet that came with some machinery for one of my family’s commercial fishing vessels, they were going to toss it, so it came home with me. That is what made up the legs. With the sapwood in the red oak it gave it a walnut kind of feeling so I though the two woods would work together. The red oak on the sides came from my first trip to a lumberyard when I made a coffee table for my brother in law. That was the leftover.

The walnut on the drawer front and bottom table, came from when I went to the lumber yard that same time, and they had four short boards. Because they weren’t so much money because they were short, I bought them, and they gave one of them to me for free because it was my first ever trip to a lumberyard. (I guess the guy felt sorry for the stupid grin I had on my face walking around like a caveman that just discovered fire, and looking at all of the exotic wood).

The top came from ebay. There was a small “slab” that was for sale that I put an offer on for 10 dollars. It had a crack and a rotted spot in the front. I figured that it would be fine for the likes of me, since no one else wanted it. I fixed the crack and cut out the rotted spot, and fitted a red oak piece in there to give it some contrast. Much rasping and two long 1/4 red oak dowels (if you look on the side of the fourth picture you will see them) through 3/4 of the side top made sure it isn’t going anywhere.

The handle I made myself, just with a rounded rasp and some sand paper.

I usually always try to find excuses to cut dovetails so the drawer half blind in the front and through dovetails in the back. I also have the two pieces in front that connect the legs are also hand cut dovetails.

Danish oil finish.

Thanks for looking

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 233 days ago

I like it. I just made my grandson a rocking chair out of red oak and used walnut for the screw hole plugs.I like the combination. I like how you took care of the rotted spot.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#2 posted 233 days ago

Looks gorgeous, well done

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#3 posted 233 days ago

Very nice Kaleb…I can’t believe no one wanted that wood…it has some beautiful grain patterns. Any way it worked out very good for you as you ended up with a very nice piece of furniture..thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 233 days ago

Great use of unwanted wood, made a nice looking table. I like the natural edge shape to the top, very rustic – country look. Great work on the dovetails too.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 233 days ago

Thanks a lot guys

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 233 days ago

Looks great, love the dovetails !

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#7 posted 233 days ago

... looks wonderful. Well done.

-- jroot

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#8 posted 233 days ago

Pallet wood? Send some my way… wonderful job of using material that would otherwise be scrapped.

And you did good with design to use that wood… excellent combination…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 233 days ago

Great build, good save on the wood.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 233 days ago

Thanks guys. I love saving wood otherwise headed for the scrap pile

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 233 days ago

Looks cool man. Nice resourcefulness.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#12 posted 233 days ago

real nice

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#13 posted 232 days ago

You did a great job on this one!

I really enjoy using wood that others have ‘rejected’. My box made from railroad dunnage is my favorite piece to date.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 231 days ago

Swede,good looking dovetails.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#15 posted 231 days ago

Thanks 49er means a lot

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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