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Project by BRod posted 165 days ago 887 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first large woodworking project. Made it from a Woodsmith plan and it was a challenge for sure! Each one of those spindles is mortised and tenoned on each end. Maybe I should have started with something easier, but it was a great project to get my blood pumping for the craft. It’s red oak with a cherry stain and finished with a wipe-on polyurethane.

Great learning project. I would definitely orient the top boards differently if I had to do it again. And I didn’t quite get all the planing marks out of the top either. Other than that it was still a solid project and I like how it turned out!





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dpow

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#1 posted 165 days ago

Nice table, love the style. As for doing an easier project, you probably wouldn’t have had the satisfaction or learned as much. Sometimes easy is boring. Keep up the good work.

-- Doug

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 165 days ago

Good looking table great job, as for something easier NAY! conquering the challenges is what builds skills, confidence and character go for the big ones.

-- LAUS DEO!

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 165 days ago

Very attractive table, nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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dshute

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#4 posted 165 days ago

Great first piece of furniture. Mortise and tenon joinery has been around for years and is structurally some of the best joinery you can build with. Great choice and nice job.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 165 days ago

Very nice coffee table, good craftsmanship…you did an excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

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

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clarkey

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#6 posted 165 days ago

Wow !! Looks Great

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 165 days ago

Very beautiful table. Very classy looking.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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barringerwoodworks

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#8 posted 164 days ago

Really nice man! Makes me want to try some craftsman style stuff.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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Picklehead

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#9 posted 164 days ago

Nice work. I built two of these for my wife for Christmas from the same plans. I was apalled at how long it took me, but I learned a lot. Yours looks great.

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

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AandCstyle

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#10 posted 164 days ago

That is one fine looking first large project. Learning new techniques and developing new skills is what it is all about. You did very well.

-- Art

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Rick

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#11 posted 164 days ago

Very Nice indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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BRod

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#12 posted 164 days ago

Thanks for the great feedback. I love sharing projects on this forum!

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Alongiron

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#13 posted 163 days ago

Looks great! I made on like it that ha a glasds top to it.. It is fun to learn new tricks and techniques. You planer marks only add that handmade feel to the project and adds to the fun of looking back of some of your first projects. Keep up the fine work!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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ic3ss

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#14 posted 163 days ago

I’ve seen this table done before and never get tired of seeing it. You did a great job!

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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DW833

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#15 posted 122 days ago

Looks like a great table. I have the same plans. Making the end tables first so I get some experience before making the coffee table. Your comments about the difficulty with it make me glad I’m making the smaller table first.

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