Solid Cherry side table with drawers

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Project by Michigander posted 08-12-2014 03:03 PM 1349 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a side table I just finished making. It was originally built to have only one drawer and a raided panel door, but I decided that 3 drawers would be much more usable so I added the necessary structure for the drawers. It is made from 3/4” solid cherry with 1/2” solid maple drawers. The drawers are hand cut through dovetailed construction done using a handsaw. This is the first time I tried cutting dovetails and I used David Barron’s jig, which was a huge help. I darkened the cherry using General Finishes antique cherry water based dye and finished with 5 coats of General Finishes Arm R Seal oil based urethane and oil solution. It was a very satisfying project using many skills and techniques that were new to me. The finish needs to cure for a week before it goes in our family room.

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 08:46 PM

Love working with cherry . The finish turned out great on your project, well done.

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 10:29 PM

Very nicely done and quite attractive—this will be a family heirloom, handed down for generations.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 01:26 AM

Nice looking. I never used that style of dovetails, look just as strong as traditionalist style
Keep up the nice work.

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 06:20 AM

Its very nice!

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 04:07 PM

Thanks guys appreciate the comments. Doug Scott; question for you. I am new to making dovetails so I don’t understand what you mean by your comment “I never used that style of dovetails, look just as strong as traditionalist style” What us untraditional about what I did?

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