Bedroom Side Tables

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Project by DrDirt posted 06-22-2009 12:34 AM 2110 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these side tables based upon the design in Wood Magazine, though the dimensions are a bit different, and the drawers are dovetailed rather than just rabbeted as the magazine called for.
The finish is 3 coats of waterlox original, brushed on then wiped off. To prevent blotching I sealed it with a 1 pound cut of dewaxes shellac. Bullseye Sealcoat, diluted 1:1 with alcohol.
The color is natural, no stain or dye was used.

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#1 posted 06-22-2009 01:29 AM

Nice job Dave, great looking tables.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 06-22-2009 02:43 AM

These are great looking little tables!!

I can see a bit of Shaker influence in the tapered legs and the type of top.

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

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#3 posted 06-22-2009 02:48 AM

Beautufil side tables. a nice design and good build.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-22-2009 02:49 AM

Sweet project but I too am unsure of the knobs but hey who am I to comment. The finish is fantastic and the use of dovetails that were not in the plan sets this off from the original. Very simple yet elegant.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 06-22-2009 03:44 PM

Hi Dave, Lovely tables. I love the simplicity. What kind of wood did you use?


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#6 posted 06-22-2009 07:44 PM

Hey John -
The tables are cherry -

As for the knobs – certainly some chin scratching there, most of the hardware in the house is the antique bronze coloring. I think in keeping more shaker, a turned cherry knob (facegrain) may have a bit better continuity.
Hey this is why we post stuff – get others thoughts, since after working on it for a while, we can get a little too close to our work and miss the forest for the trees.

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#7 posted 06-22-2009 09:39 PM

Hi Dave, very classic, simple, timeless design. I like that.
Thanks, Elin

-- "Always keep your pencil sharp and ready"

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#8 posted 06-23-2009 09:27 PM

Nice job Dave. I really like this design. Have to make a couple for my daughter. I have Wood magazine but I don’t recall which issue this was. Can you tell me? Save me some digging. Thanks.

-- Jim,

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#9 posted 06-24-2009 04:50 AM

Jim it is in issue 187 from November 2008


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#10 posted 08-09-2009 05:17 PM

I like the apron curves. It makes the tables look less boxy without distracting from the beautiful grain. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 12:35 PM

Those are some beautiful tables.

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 06:16 AM

Perfect tables !! : )

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