|Project by jmartel||posted 10-26-2014 11:46 PM||3556 views||16 times favorited||45 comments|
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.