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    Almost a year ago a client gave me a 34" x 19" piece of solid white pine that her late father had acquired years ago, and had always intended to make a table out of. He died some time ago so this has real sentimental value to her and she entrusted me with making a table for which this piece would be the top.

    Here's the piece as it came to me:

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    All materials for the undercarriage came from the property. Nice to have a big stash to pick from.

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    Oversized components (plus some testers!) resting for the night to twist and warp if they're so inclined:


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    The next day the big Wadkin MF makes short work of the mortises. Feels like cheating....


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    The shaper does the tenons as usual. I could use double discs and do both shoulders and cheeks at the same time, but the thickness of the tenon is much faster and easier to adjust this way as you don't even need to turn the machine off and you can dial it in perfectly. It takes longer to make the actual tenons doing one side at a time, but the actual feeding of the wood to the cutter is mere seconds and if you double mere seconds, you're still in the mere seconds time range! Double discs of course certainly have their role.

    Breaking through the spoil board gives you the extent and thus shoulder location:

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    Height adjustment is really easy. I can usually get the perfect fit in two tries after leaving it fat the first time on purpose.

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    Re: A simple small table

    Two passes form the tenons:

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    Quick check with the testers to see if everything is 90degrees and flush all around:

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    Remaining parts all milled up and ready to go:

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    • #3

      Re: A simple small table

      Short aprons glued to the legs. Being a timber framer, I couldn't resist draw boring and pegging the tenons!

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      Quick and dirty, economy-grade buttons for attaching the top:

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      Some careful sanding evened out the patina a fair amount while leaving the character:


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      Happy client with the end result!

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      • #4

        Re: A simple small table

        Nice one !! It's always those simple things like a board or ...? ..... that create strong memories. The table is lovely. The lines and proportions are just right to my eye.

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        • #5

          Re: A simple small table

          Originally posted by John Bartley View Post
          Nice one !! It's always those simple things like a board or ...? ..... that create strong memories. The table is lovely. The lines and proportions are just right to my eye.
          Thank you, and that's good to hear! The challenge was interesting because no aspects of the build itself were challenging, just getting it to look right with the condition that the top was not changeable at all. I had to work with what came to me because only some sanding and a protective finish were allowed. I don't think I've had to do that before, so it was interesting.
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          • #6

            Re: A simple small table

            I really like the table and the story behind the top's history was great to hear. Well done!

            Ken

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            • #7

              Re: A simple small table

              Nice work Brent!
              I love the top. And all the distress marks came with it. I would have charged quite a bit of money to get a similar look lol, but you can't beat the original.
              I like the pegged tenons and simple lines too.
              What did you finish it with?

              Paul

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              • #8

                Re: A simple small table

                Originally posted by Paul O in Paris View Post
                Nice work Brent!
                I love the top. And all the distress marks came with it. I would have charged quite a bit of money to get a similar look lol, but you can't beat the original.
                I like the pegged tenons and simple lines too.
                What did you finish it with?

                Paul
                Hey Paul, you know what's funny? When I saw that you had liked the post I made a note to tell you that it was finished with the Target coatings product you had suggested to me some time ago! It's been a great tool in the finishing arsenal for me, so thank you!
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                • #9

                  Re: A simple small table

                  A rare piece of wood that size and you did it proud.

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                  • #10

                    Re: A simple small table

                    I love it when guys who know how to do stuff, do stuff, so guys like me who don't know how to do stuff see how to do stuff.
                    Thanks Brent.
                    Noel

                    "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
                    'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
                    "

                    John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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                    • #11

                      Re: A simple small table

                      Its good to achieve a finished product when you are trusted with a customers wood, nice to see the fine pegging not just pegged but used to draw the joint together too, showing the detail of using the big machines is something a lot of people never see so your post is so useful with a very nice end result, thanks for taking the time to show the details its good to see real joinery in action.

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                      • #12

                        Re: A simple small table

                        Originally posted by Paul O in Paris View Post
                        Nice work Brent!
                        I love the top. And all the distress marks came with it. I would have charged quite a bit of money to get a similar look lol, but you can't beat the original.
                        I like the pegged tenons and simple lines too.
                        What did you finish it with?

                        Paul
                        I agree with Paul -- a very natural looking weathered and worn pine top. you made a nice simple base with a couple of added touches and it compliments the top perfectly.

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                        • #13

                          Re: A simple small table

                          Agreed with the other comments. Such a nicely finished and proportioned table. Shell cherish it for sure, given the backstory and that you left it as it was found.
                          Learning something new every day.

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                          • #14

                            Re: A simple small table

                            Thanks you everyone for the kind words. I'm currently working out of cell data range (unless I go out on the end of the dock and hold my nose just right while crossing my fingers) so I'll wait a bit for a proper reply.
                            Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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                            • #15

                              Re: A simple small table

                              Nice looking table.
                              Thanks for the building details.
                              Egon
                              from
                              The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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