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Here's my interpretation of Gustav Stickley's No. 603 tabouret. This little round table works great in almost any decor.


The construction of the table looks deceptively simple, but it has it's fair share of challenges. You have to be accurate and precise in the execution of the joinery to make the through tenons and interlocking cross members fit perfect.


There is a multi-part video series for this project (Part 1 was released 12/7/08, the rest of the videos will be coming soon).  In the video, I make two of these tables side by side - each with very different methods.  I compare and contrast how to build an authentic version of this table versus an "imposter" table.  I think you'll enjoy seeing the choices in materials and construction that goes into each distinct method.



Update 12-12-2008 - I added a PDF to the file downloads that has all the dimensions for this table. The measured drawings are also in the picture gallery.


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12/07/2008 Part 1 - This video introduces the project and details the construction of the round top. Cutting circles on the router table using the motorized router lift is shown. Basic veneering techniques are also show.
12/13/2008 Part 2 - This video details the construction of the legs. I show two different methods for constructing a leg that show quartersawn white oak grain on all four sides.
12/14/2008 Part 3 - This video details two different mortise and tenon joints for the legs. The authentic table features legs that have a traditional through-mortise and tenon joint connecting the lower cross-members to the legs. The imposter table has a fake through tenon and uses loose tenon joinery to connect the lower cross-members to the legs.
12/18/2008 Part 4 - This video details the construction of the lower crossmembers. I'll show you how to make tenons on the MLCS horizontal router table, and use pattern routing to form identical curves in all the pieces. The interlocking crossmembers fit together with a precise dado.
12/26/2008 Part 5 - This video details the construction of the upper crossmembers. The authentic table has a dovetail joint that connects the upper cross member to the legs, while the imposter table uses a simple stub tenon and open mortise. The interlocking crossmembers fit together with a precise half-lap joint.
12/27/2008 Part 6 - This video details the assembly of both tables. You will see how loose tenon joinery can simplify the assembly of the imposter table. The benefits of a successful dry fit are stressed. For a lifetime of service, the mortise and tenon joints are pinned using dowels.
1/11/2008 Part 7 - This video details how to apply the stain and finish to the tables using simple techniques and off-the-shelf products. My simple finish schedule is easy to follow and gives great results.

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