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Mission End Tables in Figured Walnut

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Project by jmartel posted 10-26-2014 11:46 PM 3465 views 16 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was finally able to finish up my end tables that I’ve been working on on and off since the beginning of March. Unfortunately, projects for other people (paying and gifts) got in the way, and it’s taken me about 7 1/2 months to finish these.

The design is from Woodsmith #127. Traditionally, like most Arts & Crafts furniture, it is built out of oak. My dad actually built these exact same tables out of oak as well a while ago. This was the next step on replacing all the old cheap/free furniture that I’ve had from college.

With the exception of the legs, which are solid 8/4 stock, the rest of the wood came from scouring Craigslist in the Seattle area until I could come up with enough figured Walnut to make these tables. While we have a lot of trees here in the PNW, the vast majority are softwood species or Alder, so it makes getting the nice wood more difficult/costly.

The drawer pulls are from Home Depot, and are the same pulls that I used on my coffee table.

Finish is 5 coats of Arm-R-Seal on the top, and 4 on the rest. All but the last coat was done in gloss, and the final coat on everything was done in Satin. Following that, paste wax was used to give it a bit of a shine and to smooth everything out even more.

All in all, I’m fairly happy with these. There were some issues after gluing everything up, in that the gaps around the drawers are too large (to me at least), and everything moved a bit so it’s not 100% square. But, I think it’s close enough to call it good.

Now onto the next furniture piece.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 11:52 PM

Very nice, Jeff.

Are those spindles individually mortised in, or did you just cut a groove and separate them with spacers?

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 11:53 PM

They look nice. Well done.

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jmartel

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 11:54 PM

Mark,

There’s a groove cut into the them, and then a filler strip that had 9 notches in them for the spindles to go into is placed into the groove.

If you look at this photo here you can see what I mean.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/13047952065_232b719cf2_b.jpg

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 11:55 PM

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 12:01 AM

Jeff, they look good to me. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 12:02 AM

And that folks, is how it’s done. Fine work Jeff.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 12:12 AM

Handsome tables.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 12:18 AM

Nice work. Love the walnut.

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jmartel

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 12:26 AM

Thank you for the kind words, everyone. At this point I think my wife is just happy that they are finally out of the garage and in the living room. I’m pretty happy that they are no longer taking up space in the garage.

Now I need to decide what’s next on the list. Bookcase perhaps?

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 12:51 AM

Nice looking tables Jeff.
Don’t beat yourself up too much, no one will ever see the little flaws that you do. We are all our own worst critics.
These look great.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Mark Kornell

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#11 posted 10-27-2014 12:56 AM

Jeff, that seems like the smart way to do it.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#12 posted 10-27-2014 12:57 AM

Very handsome indeed. Air dried or kiln dried walnut?

-- I love Jeeps

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jmartel

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#13 posted 10-27-2014 01:00 AM



Very handsome indeed. Air dried or kiln dried walnut?

- lysdexic

Honestly, couldn’t tell you for sure. I believe the 4/4 stuff was all air dried, but the 8/4 was purchased from a hardwood dealer so I’m sure it’s kiln dried.

Thanks for the encouragement, Paul. The photos don’t show what I’m talking about, but like I said, most of it shouldn’t be too noticeable in day to day operation.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 10-27-2014 01:04 AM

The tops are awesome. The final color is rich and warm. Love these.

-- -Dan

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#15 posted 10-27-2014 01:39 AM

Love these tables, The walnut is awesome and u did great build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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