These are my fourth and fifth tables made with hand tools and my best so far. I’ve gotten pretty good at the mortises and making great strides on tenons. I guess that is just evidence that practicing helps a lot. I’m a little tired of making tables but have plenty of other Ikea quality tables that could stand replacing and could certainly benefit from the practice.
The tables are primarily pine (with milk paint) and the tops are cherry
Nice looking tables. For an additional challenge, incorporate the drawer design from the last series into the front of the next table. Use the drawer pulls from your Ikea table to remind you how far you have come. 😀
@mxbroome1 they were originally intended to have drawers but I didn’t make the apron tall enough to support a useful sized drawer. I actually started before the console table project was posted so the next ones will draw on some of the features of it.
@Ecky H I wasn’t too sure of the paint when I started, a nerve wracking moment when I have a nice (albeit pine) table base and and the first strokes of the brush knowing I couldn’t go back but ended up being worth it in the end.
Nice work! I see some toe stubs in someone’s future. 😉
Often overlooked are pullout extensions like what you find in old executive desks. Those would fit nicely in the existing apron size. Even just a 6″ extension would add uniqueness. Just be careful anything that is placed on the extension could off-balance the table, but it’d be good for a glass of tea or a book.
@GfB that’s a good idea on the pull outs, I’ve been designing a chess board table (for when I’ve mastered my planing skills a little better) and been struggling with making a border wide enough hold captured pieces without getting too big put pull outs would be perfect.
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