Simple Cherry End Tables

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Project by bbasiaga posted 04-25-2015 02:26 PM 805 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pair of simple end tables I made out of cherry. This is my first time working with cherry. It is really nice to work. The rough size of the top is 18×20”. The legs are tapered on two sides and 1.5” thick. The bottom slats are run in a slot in the stretcher and pinned in place. In the second photo you can see one table in raw wood, while the other has two coats of Watco Danish Oil in Natural. What a difference that stuff makes. This was also my first time using Danish oil. Over that, I put 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. As poly/varnish goes, this stuff gives a nicer look than the Minwax products, at least to my eye. Still dries really slowly though. I can’t wait for this wood to start to darken naturally and see what it looks like in a few years. The final picture shows them in place in our messy living room, complete with a basket for storage of remotes and cords. Nice looking, and don’t use a ton of wood. Joinery is pocket holes. I held the table top down by placing a poplar board the length of the table top, 1/8” down from the top. I drilled oversized holes and then used screws to clamp it down, but still giving it room to expand. I have the boards marked up now to make a matching coffee table. Hopefully I can find some time to work on that soon!


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#1 posted 04-26-2015 01:48 AM

Very nice tables.well done

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 01:45 PM

simple but effective – i might try the slat design on my night tables – nice work

-- Greg Simon

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