Open Apron Nesting Tables #3: Assembly and Finishing Up

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-29-2014 01:01 AM 2121 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can heave a sigh of relief now. The client just came and picked up the tables this afternoon and she loved them. Like all of us, I am never really completely satisfied and always see flaws but she was thrilled and we’re talking about her next idea now.

Back to the build. There’s nothing really earth shattering about how this was done but maybe some details are interesting enough for a few photos. I’ll just post the photos with a few comments and answer any questions they bring up. OK?


I put a biscuit in each corner ….. just to be sure.

Finished bottom with Walnut veneer and Purpleheart trim.

Routing for top trim band.

Temporary “aprons” to check square alignment and support the open aprons for the big squeeze.

A little final fairing of the transitions.

And we’re done! This is a photo of the client’s original tables, my prototype mock-up, and the finished tables.

Thanks for looking in. All questions, comments and critiques are welcome.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 08-29-2014 01:11 AM

I always love watching your process….

Beautiful set of tables.
The end result is (always) phenomenal!!!

I enjoy all of your builds….
I don’t often comment, as your projects leave me speechless!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 01:13 AM

its always a great thing when the client gives the good go….yea…these turned out great, there was learning in the process and a great finale…im happy for you…these are beautiful.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 01:17 AM

Very nice indeed. Hard to imagine what she would not like.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 01:21 AM

A truly magnificent build. She has to be thrilled.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 01:32 AM

A combination of old and new. contemporary and traditional. Clean and precise. Like the order in your shop. LOL! Really organized Paul!

Thanks for showing a craftsman at work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 01:55 AM

Great job Paul…anyone would be proud to own these tables!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 02:21 AM

a beautiful set of tables!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 03:12 AM

Top class all the way Paul.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 04:48 AM

You do GREAT work, Paul.

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 08-29-2014 07:09 AM

Two beautiful tables and, obviously, one happy client. Well done and many thanks for the tutorial.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 08-29-2014 09:09 AM

I love to see how you work Paul, and the outstanding results you always get. I can see that your tables have more graceful legs and a better all around design than the originals. I always learn something useful from your blogs. You are definitely a wood guy and I mean that in the most positive way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-29-2014 04:29 PM

Nice touch with the burl, I like that. Thank you for sharing.

-- Patrice lejeune

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#13 posted 08-29-2014 04:29 PM

Amazing work as usual Paul, these really turned out great. Thanks for taking the time to document the process for us as we always learn from your work! So glad to hear that the client was happy upon delivery.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 08-31-2014 01:15 PM

Amazing and fantastic Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 08-31-2014 03:44 PM

Amazing work Paul, as always!

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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