Hickory end tables

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Project by doubleDD posted 02-01-2015 06:43 PM 1664 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed new end tables for the house. My wife was always in love with the style of our old ones so I suggested to just make new tops for them and reuse the old stand. She totally agreed and the project began. I myself prefer working with the natural Hickory because of its wild look. I covered the bottom of the cabinets with Hickory plywood and made new tops. I wiped the dust off of my biscuit joiner and used that to join the top. I rounded the edges some to soften up the look. Finished with 6 coats of polyurethane. We both love the way they turned out.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 06:48 PM

A very COOL design!

I like the Lid & storage spot… Like an old slant top lap desk… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 06:51 PM

Absolutely love the Hickory. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 06:52 PM

I think they’re very cool. Looks like a nice spot for a magazine or two, or, anything for that matter.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-01-2015 07:10 PM

Beautiful.nice work to re-use the bottom part and make new tops.Great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 07:24 PM

Thanks guys.

Joe, the lid storage is cool only if there isn’t anything on top when you want to open it.

Thanks hoss, Hickory is my favorite.

Thanks Roger, your right. I always have magazines there.

Marty thanks. I even saved a bit on lumber.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 07:28 PM

Excellent transformation Dave. Looks very nice !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 07:41 PM

Some beautiful Hickory…Looks great Dave !.....Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 07:45 PM

Great looking tables, Dave!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 08:38 PM

Nice build Dave!!! Have to admit that I am slightly disappointed though. Opened this on my phone without my glasses…thought the hinges were black Tennessee “T”s…. Now that would have been special…lol hickory looks great buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#10 posted 02-01-2015 09:13 PM

Nice looking Hickory Dave and nice job on getting the old tables back to looking good again.
Love the idea of having storage built in too.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 02-01-2015 09:20 PM

Great looking tables. I think your choice of Hickory was the right one, it looks awesome.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 02-01-2015 09:21 PM

Very nicely done. That Hickory is really clear. Can’t say that for my Pecan which is a hickory genus. Mine has a few knots and blemishes. You certainly inset the hinges wonderfully. Did they require recoationg before installation?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#13 posted 02-01-2015 11:14 PM

Thanks Joe, yes big difference.

Kdc68,thanks, every piece hand picked.

Thanks Jim

Buster, those are T’s,look again.

Thanks Tony, we need storage in areas besides the shop. LOL.

Bill thanks. Actually most of the furniture in the house is Hickory now. I wonder why?

Thanks Russel. I cleaned them up ang gave them a coat of satin black lacquer. Our hickory kitchen cabinets have lots of knots in them. They look beautiful. ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Monte Pittman

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#14 posted 02-02-2015 03:29 AM

Great job, great design

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 02-02-2015 04:05 AM

Thanks Monte. I really appreciate the nice comment.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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