Tea Tables - Can't Stop at One

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Project by Russel posted 02-13-2009 02:01 AM 1766 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some folks make something once and then move on. Me, once is never enough because I always figure I can do it better. Well, a little while ago a posted a tea table with a turned post.

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I liked it and got some good comments. I really enjoyed making that table and decided a matched set would be kinda nice. The problem was whether to use cherry or walnut. So I used both. It was good practice with the lathe, trying to get matching posts. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. A wild skew on the walnut spindle guaranteed that they would not match, so I have two cherry tables that look pretty similar and two walnut tables that aren’t quite the same.

The tables are 26 inches tall with a 19 inch diameter top. I finished these with a gloss wipe-on poly.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 02:07 AM

GORGEOUS tables!!! Bet one of those Cherry tables would look good between two recliners!! ;-)

-- Adding to Hubby's "Honey Do List" :-)

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 02:36 AM

That finish is terrific.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 02:39 AM

Don’t stop your on a roll, well done…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 02-13-2009 03:24 AM


These are beautiful tables. I really like the leg to foot transition.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-13-2009 04:49 AM

These are all very nice, I like the walnut and the finish on these, nice job. Now that you bought the lathe all your projects will have something round in them, looks like fun.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#6 posted 02-13-2009 05:01 AM

WOW, those are gorgeous!! How do you get such a great finish with poly? Great work!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 02-13-2009 06:10 AM

Nice looking tables, Russel. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 02-13-2009 07:28 AM

Very nice tables. They will go nice where ever you put them. Did you use a plan or your own design?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 02-13-2009 04:15 PM

Wow nice job Russel.They look really good.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#10 posted 02-13-2009 08:57 PM

It’s very nice Russell. I’ve been really looking at these turning projects. This is something to aspire to.

I’m like you, I make more than one of almost everything I make since I always think I’ll get better as I go along. Sometimes though the first one is the best!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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