The Craftsman's Path #29: Queen Anne Side Table - Contemplating the finish

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 03-05-2008 05:32 AM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With most of the construction done it was time for detailing and contemplating how to finish the table. I share my thoughts on how I will proceed in this post in my blog. Thanks for reading!

Queen Anne Side Table

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 05:41 AM

That is one very nice piece of furniture. When are you going to ship it to me? :-)

Can’t wait to see the final pictures after you get the finish on.

The shellac primer was a good read as well.

oops—this is the edited version – I forgot to ask about the planing and sanding. I’m still learning this angle. But I thought that if you use a smoothing plane that you would not have to sand after wards – I’m assuming that is just opinion of the author of the article. Do you always plane and then sand?

Thanks Mark.

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 07:42 AM

That looks great. Those legs can be a pain. I know I have built a few of them. I don’t think I have ever
seen a table like that with such an oversized top. All the ones I have ever seen overlapped maybe
1 to 2 inches.

Maybe that’s because I always see them with a highboy next to them lke these I built:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 12:28 PM

Very nice piece and thanks for the info on your finishing technique. It is essentially the same that I follow when I work with cherry.

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#4 posted 03-05-2008 03:44 PM

Betsy: Thanks for the compliments. Sorry, but I think my wife has fist dibs on this one! As far as the planing/scraping vs. sanding, that’s a matter of preference. A planed surface will usually still have minor tool marks left on the surface. But that is definitely acceptable and it is arguable that a planed/scraped surface yeilds a clearer view of the grain that a sanded one. I usually do at least a bit of sanding. The planing/scraping just allows me to do less of it. I hate sanding! In fact if I did not have to go lower in grit on the legs of this piece I probably would have started higher in grit.

Gary: Thanks. The top is actually only 3/4” over on the front and back and about 3” on the sides (could appear more from the angle of the picture). Probably a bit more that the standard highboy or lowboy. But, I do like the proportions on this one.

Scott: Thanks. I am hoping that the finish is what I am after. These boards hd some variation in color so, I’m hopeful that I can even things a bit with the shellac. We’‘ll see how I do! If not, it’s not a great tragedy.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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