Last month I took a 5 day weekend for the sole purpose of getting in the woodshop. The first project was making a top for a small machine treadle I had stumbled up on. I had decided this would make a nice chairside table in my office and would go with my desk, which is an oak butcher block top on a cast iron lathe base from the late 1800’s. The top has 2 layers, so that my laptop can go underneath. This was a simple “warmup” project:

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Next up on Day 1 was small chairside table for Peggy. She wanted something small so as to not take up a lot of floor space, and fit between the arm of her recliner and the wall. “Make it funky” she said. The top and base are cherry, the 4 legs are hard rock maple.

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There is no metal (nails or screws) in it anywhere. It is all tight fitted mortise and tenon joints, held together by friction.

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Then she says “You need one, but make it more masculine”. This took me into day 3.

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It is white oak.

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Day 4 saw work on bedside tables for the guest room. After much discussion we decided one should be feminine and delicate, the other more masculine. The feminine one came first:

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The tapered legs and apron are cherry, the top is a stunning piece of Tiger Maple

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The masculine table is a Shaker trestle design, but proportioned for bedside use.

It is also all mortise and tenon joinery, pegged to keep the joints tight through the seasons.

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It is also maple and cherry, but opposite of the other side table with cherry top and tiger maple legs.

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The top is “lace grained” cherry, a rather rare natural occurrance. This particular piece of cherry was cut and milled in the 1950’s.

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5 days of personal rejuvenation!

 

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