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Forum topic by Betsy posted 11-27-2007 07:28 AM 924 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2007 07:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: end table coffee table

I currently have some nasty fake oak big box store end tables and coffee tables. I detest these things. I’ve been wanting to make walnut tables for a long time and have been searching for what I want to do. I’m sure I want to stay away from the mission style with all the slats. to much area to collect dust. I think I’m leaning towards a basic table top with one drawer and maybe a shelf. My coffe table has always been the tv stand so I may leave it like that only change it to walnut. Long and short though i want the design simple and clean. Will taper the legs, mortise and tenon the joints and do my best to dovetail the joints for the drawers. I may even try my hand at turning the knobs—- we’ll see on that one.

Long and short though – its there a book on dimensions of these types of tables. Any particular size rules I should pay attention to? I figure I can use the basic dimension of the junk I have now and size it down a bit as what I have seems a little overwhelming for my living area.

Thanks in advance for any help and advice.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 11-27-2007 12:18 PM

Well, besides Mission style, there’s Shaker, and Frenchy Queen Anne, Early American, Modern and…well, a multitude of styles to build Betsy. What you need to decide first is what furniture style you prefer. College students seem to prefer pine and cinder blocks or milk crates (a twist on poor-mans modern), but obviously that would never fit your abode. I hope.

If it has been built out of wood before, it can be duplicated. You can do it. So I would suggest first deciding what “style” you enjoy the most then going to a large book store (Barnes and Noble) and perusing their shelves for woodworking construction manuals.

A word of warning though: Building Frenchy Queen Anne can put you over the mental edge…which makes you ponder how anyone could’ve come up with such a complicated design!

Good luck!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 12:22 PM

I just took a minute to look at your posted projects…You have the talent and have produced a nice table that really sold well! Congrats! Keep us posted!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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