My first piece of furniture

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Project by Jon3 posted 2612 days ago 2810 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, you need to start on the big stuff sometime, and we had an actual need for this. It is going to be a desk for my g/f for now, later on, it can act as a small table. The center is some weird spalted curly maple I had, banded with cherry, with a cherry base. The legs are some 8/4 cherry, and there is a taper, but not very strong. I kind of like the way it looked with just the real light taper on them. Joints done with the Domino, also my first real project for that, and it worked great, except I didn’t put enough glue into them. Had to reglue a bit after they dried.

Some lessons learned were:
Need more clamps! There are some hairline gaps on the cherry banding.
Must wait an entire 24 hours or more before trying to sand down the finish a bit, or you can end up smudging it. (Thankfully I tried it on a non-visible area!)
Curly maple is a trick to plane/sand.

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#1 posted 2612 days ago

It came out great. How did she like it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2612 days ago

She’s a huge fan of it!

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#3 posted 2612 days ago

Looks beautiful, my two favorite woods are walnut and maple, so your project sure caught my eye. Nice job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 2612 days ago

Very pretty. Great choice of woods.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2612 days ago

very cool…thanks for the lessons…turned out great…dont forget to add some “tags” to this post so people looking for ideas will find—-”table, cherry, maple” etc…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 2612 days ago

you must have been a woodworker in another life time,great job for your first,also its just a good job first or 100th.keep it up.

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 2612 days ago

Nice look…the woods work well together.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 2612 days ago

first furniture, not first project. I’ve done lots of other stuff, just no true ‘furniture’ before!

And there are mistakes, you just can’t see them. Some of the seams aren’t perfect, etc.

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#9 posted 2612 days ago

Nice work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 2612 days ago

Jon -

Great looking table. I like the delicate leg taper. Congratulations on the Domino! Its a great tool and a bit of beast to get used to. I just use Tom's Domino and use the money I save to buy lumber and glue! I think it is more available these days now that he is distracted with his lathe . . . LOL

Absolutely beautiful table! You can never have enough clamps!


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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 2611 days ago

I think my tombstone will read “He died because he didn’t have enough clamps!” Looks good. Does the inside Maple float in a frame?

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#12 posted 2611 days ago

This is a great first project. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 2611 days ago

Jon exceptional first large piece. I like the way the two wood colors harmonize.

Now for my concern; how have you planned for wood movement? At first glance, I thought the center of the table must be veneer, or veneered plywood. But you don’t make mention of this, so I assume that the center is solid lumber.

My concern is that there is going to be some movement in the width of that center panel, and the mitered corners will be forced open.

Your comments?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 2611 days ago

It is joined with both glue and Dominoes.

I haven’t planned for movement at all. I thought I’d just see what happens, and make a new piece should this one fail spectacularly =)

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#15 posted 2611 days ago

Very nice table. I appreciatre lessons learned. I always seem to have some errors. I too found that I needed more clamps.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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