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Shield's Kitchen Table

  • January 12, 2017


I built this table for a friend who has lived in her home for over a year without a kitchen table. She wanted a table that would become part of her family memories, like Saturday morning breakfasts, family game nights, and birthday parties. This was my third project to build for someone other than myself. The table top was challenging because I don't have clamps. I really wanted a tight hold between the planks, but my own strength wasn't cutting it. So I did pocket holes for the majority and added braces underneath. I started thinking about all the tools I wished I owned to make the job easier and look better. But then I realized that wishing for more tools took away the joy I get from simply building. Even though I'm a beginner, I've found something I love to do. I loved building this plank-top kithen table for my friend! Challenges and all.

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  • This is an impressive build! You really came up with something that would fit your friend's wishes perfectly. You did a great job on the finish too.
    By RYOBI Nation, on January 13, 2017

  • This is a gorgeous table! Could you share any more behind the scenes pics on it? Would like to see how the top all went together. Love it!
    By rustic_river_furniture, on January 16, 2017
    • Thank you! And yes I can. I don't have a lot of behind the scenes pictures, but I'll post what I do have. I mainly cut one piece at a time (for the top). I didn't have the lengths or widths planned out ahead of time so it took a while to find the right fit for all of it! After all the pieces were cut I laid them out like a big puzzle before pocket-holing and glueing!
      By ProsperWoodwork, on January 16, 2017
    • Sorry, I can't seem to find a way to add photos without taking down this project and re-submitting it!
      By ProsperWoodwork, on January 16, 2017

  • If you are ok with it, email me at jjjbluray @ yahoo.com. Thanks!
    By rustic_river_furniture, on January 16, 2017

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Shield's Kitchen Table

by ProsperWoodwork
Jan 12, 2017

I built this table for a friend who has lived in her home for over a year without a kitchen table. She wanted a table that would become part of her family memories, like Saturday morning breakfasts, family game nights, and birthday parties. This was my third project to build for someone other than myself. The table top was challenging because I don't have clamps. I really wanted a tight hold between the planks, but my own strength wasn't cutting it. So I did pocket holes for the majority and added braces underneath. I started thinking about all the tools I wished I owned to make the job easier and look better. But then I realized that wishing for more tools took away the joy I get from simply building. Even though I'm a beginner, I've found something I love to do. I loved building this plank-top kithen table for my friend! Challenges and all.