Charlie's Dinner Table

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Project by Tony Z posted 2185 days ago 2028 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my Dog Charlie’s new food and water thingy. It’s made from 1” thick yellow pine stair tread with purple heart inlays around the dove tails. The inlays were an after-thought. I’ve seen dove tails with this detail before but I think it’s done differently. I think I took the hard way. This was my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. They were pretty tight but I wasn’t pleased with the results. There were a few gaps in the joints so I decided to make a template and route out an 1/8” deep by 1/4” wide groove around the dovetails and inlay the purple heart. Very tedious work with those little pieces. I also decided to mimic the inlay on the through-tenon on the bottom stretcher. Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. Somebody let me know how to do that double dovetail detail the right way.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#1 posted 2185 days ago

Man, that was a great save on the dovetails. I would have never known you didn’t plan it that way!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 2185 days ago

Beautiful Job! Does Charlie approve?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Michael Hacker

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#3 posted 2185 days ago

Great looking project! I have been wanting to make something similar for my Charlie! I think i will borrow your layout!

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#4 posted 2185 days ago

Awesome craftsmanship. That truly must be man’s best friend. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 2185 days ago

Wow, mitered dovetail inlays, I’d say that was the hardest way possible :)

The ‘easy’ way would be to make the tail board purpleheart and one you have the dovetails fitting properly, saw off the tail board flush+thickness of the desired iinlay with the pine. Then proceed to do it all over again with a shim on the left and increased bit height.

Someone on here did a blog with video on this procedure a few months back.

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#6 posted 2185 days ago

Very nice, love those dovetails

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 2185 days ago

I’d be eating and drinking in high style if that is where I got my sustenance!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 2185 days ago

Lucky dog, what do the kids eat off?

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#9 posted 2185 days ago

Another pooch pamper’er in the crowd, after seeing this, my golden is now demanding a seat at the dinner table since I have yet to create a personal gastronomic consumption layout of his very own….........

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#10 posted 2185 days ago

Holy cow! I can’t even figure out how you did this, let alone how it is supposed to be done. Nice job on the dovetails! Charlie is one lucky dog.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Dominic Vanacora

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#11 posted 2184 days ago

Dog gone that’s nice work and you used in on a dog feeder! Your Good, Really Good.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#12 posted 2184 days ago

Looks great, but you do realize all that nice work will be covered in dog slobber soon right?

-- Use the fence Luke

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#13 posted 2184 days ago

Great job on this… what an incredible save!! This is a terrific looking project.

Also, I think this is what you are looking for.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Tony Z

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#14 posted 2184 days ago

Thanks Steve, that’s exactly what I was looking for.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#15 posted 2184 days ago

I guess your dog gets Caviar for breakfast? Boy, I hope he appreciate the work! We might check if he published it on lumberdogs.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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