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Offline DynaGlide

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Side table for the wife
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:48 AM »
I don't build furniture for the house very often and I'm not very good at it. My wife requested a side table to fit a space next to our couch in the childrens play room to set her coffee on. It's a few weeks late but I finished it up today. I used Oak and lots of Dominos for the assembly. The top I used Dominos to join two 6" wide boards. To attach the top I made some Domino buttons, offsetting them by shimming the Domino fence with a sheet of sandpaper which was about 1mm thick. By having the buttons 1mm below flush of the table frame the top is drawn down. Then it was a simple matter of placing the buttons to allow for seasonal movement.

It took a few trips to the store to find a stain we both liked. It's General Finishes Graystone with 3 coats of Arm R Seal.

Matt













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Online ultane

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2020, 10:02 AM »
Great job!

What a great idea in using the dominos into wood blocks to mount the table top!!
I might be wrong… Just ask my X...

Offline rst

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2020, 10:10 AM »
Beauty through simplicity

Offline Don T

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2020, 11:40 AM »
Looks great!
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2020, 05:41 PM »
Nicely done, Matt!!!   [smile]
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  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

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Offline deepcreek

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 06:09 PM »
Very nice job!
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Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2020, 06:49 PM »
Nice table! I love small useful furniture you can just shift around, just as yours.

Coffee is always important, when it’s for your better half - it’s even more important! [big grin]

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Offline neilc

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2020, 08:23 PM »
Matt - you should build more items for you home.  Talent is talent!

Nice work -

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2020, 09:48 PM »
You guys are way too kind. I'm just humbled to be able to participate here. Some day I'd like to make more intricate pieces but for now the design is always "What can I make the fastest that will serve the purpose." My children are age 5 and 2 and I have to borrow, beg, and steal shop time these days.

« Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 09:51 PM by DynaGlide »
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2020, 10:16 PM »
Nice job, I really like the two open slots on the bottom shelf. I think that makes all the difference.

Practicality aside, it would have been interesting to incorporate that feature on the top shelf also.

If nothing else, it’d keep the 5 year old busy pushing pencils through the gap.  [big grin]

Offline woytek

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 11:01 PM »
Nice table! I like the little reveal detail on the bottom shelf. Gives me mind to try something like that, maybe with a matching dado on the ends to simulate the feature all the way around.

It probably won’t be much of an issue with a narrow top like that, but wood usually expands width-wise, not lengthwise, so buttons in slots to account for movement are generally on the ends and not as much on the sides (though the same technique can be applied if the buttons are not set flat against the stretchers).

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 11:13 PM »
It probably won’t be much of an issue with a narrow top like that, but wood usually expands width-wise, not lengthwise, so buttons in slots to account for movement are generally on the ends and not as much on the sides (though the same technique can be applied if the buttons are not set flat against the stretchers).

I think you lost me here. I put the buttons so the top can expand width wise? If you look closely I left a few mm gap from each button to the stretchers when attaching to the top.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 11:20 PM by DynaGlide »
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Offline woytek

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2020, 12:00 AM »
I think you lost me here. I put the buttons so the top can expand width wise? If you look closely I left a few mm gap from each button to the stretchers when attaching to the top.

Look at me being super (un)observant. Here I was recommending exactly what you did. Duh. Sorry about that, OP. I agree with others, too: Make more stuff!

Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2020, 12:09 AM »
Very nice.  The color works well in that room.

Good call using the dominoes for the buttons.. will have to try that sometime.

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2020, 09:46 AM »
Matt, The finished product is very nice and hopefully does what she wants.  I enjoy the pictures of the milled pieces ready to be put together.  For some reason, I just dig freshly milled lumber thats close to being assembly ready.  Thanks for all the pictures.

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Side table for the wife
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2020, 12:20 PM »
I'm a bit late to the party, but

 [thumbs up] [thumbs up]

Thanks for sharing!

Mike A.