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a simple Table


 Another table style i like to make, this one a Shaker Style table.    About 24"x 24" top, a small, simple drawer, and some hand tapered legs.  The drawer does not even use dovetails (too small) so just some rabbets are used.  Aprons are joined to the legs with simple Mortise and tenon joints.    Inside the aprons, a pair of kickers are at the top of the aprons.  These also are where the the top gets fastened in place. On some of these tables I make, a single screw (covered with a plug) will hold the top in pace. Ah yes, pictures!

Leg being mortised. I just mark the locations, and use a chisel to chop the waste out.   

Ah, the glue-ups. I use the tablesaw as my "bench".    The clamp going diagonally is to square the assembly up.   On this table, there is no kickers being used, the top is the kicker.   The thin apron is where the drawer goes in, drawer "guides" just 1x2s, screwed to the inside of the apron) are next to go in.

Drawer details. Hey, I said it is just a small, simple drawer, right? 

Top in place (with a screw into each leg) piece has been sanded and stained at this point.    A round-over on most of the edges had been done.   A simple wooden knob was glued and screwed in place.

And with a few coats of poly gloss.   Top was a four board glue-up.    What kind of wood did I start with?

Ugly, ain't they?    Just an old pine "Loft Bed" that my son had outgrown.     Reclaim, reuse, and recycle.      Not too bad?

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Steve Newman wrote re: a simple Table
on 12-08-2010 3:34 PM

 The apron width was determined by the usable with of the boards I had on hand.  Once I had a top figured out, the rest went into the base.   Leg stock was ripped from a 2x10 I had on hand.    I ripped to get the best clear stock I could, but there was still a knot or two in the way.   By twisting, and turning the blanks, I put the worst kots up out of the way of the tapers, and into ares where they either didn't show, or were where the aprons met.   As for clamps, think I used enough?    

Top was a four board glue-up.   I went with the grain 'patterns" instead of the growth rings.  I tried to match the grain across the top.  Not too bad a job?

Steve Newman wrote re: a simple Table
on 12-24-2010 5:38 PM

   Anybody ready to build one of these?  If you start on a Sat. morning, you can have most of it done by suppertime.   No need for fancy tools.    A couple of chisels will do for the mortises, just mark them out and chop out the waste.   If you notice in the glue-up, I used an extra clamp to pull the base into square.   I measured the distance between the two corners, and placed this clamp on the longer measurement.   A little clamping pressure until both measurements are the same.   On this table, I used four screws to fasten the top to the base.    I drilled and counter-bored the holes, and then used the drill bit to make the pilot holes into slots.  The slots are across the grain, so that the top can move a bit.  Pine will expand and contract over the seasons.  

if you do decide to make one of these tables,  make the top first, and have in the clamps, while the glue sets up.   While the top is setting around, make the four legs.    With the legs done, add the aprons, and fit the drawer.   Top should be ready to come  out of the clamps by then.   Sand everything nicely, and add the top to the base.   Add a knob of your choice, and stain and finish.   Simple table.