Cherry Side Table for Morris Chairs

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Project by Luddite posted 12-12-2015 12:35 AM 1234 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dec 2015

Here’s the eighth piece made for a client to go along with the Morris Chairs I made for her earlier this year.

Build was simple mortise and tenon.

The real fun was using my new Keller dovetail jig. I’m not against the time honored manual method but it has eluded me for years. I think the 60’s and 70’s were too good for me to do such work. However, this jig was great to use and after building a base and installing channels for clamps I was making fairly decent drawers.


The drawer was made of spanish cedar with a baltic birch bottom.

The top is cherry with breadboard ends joined with tendons. As a rule I like to place a contrasting piece of wood between the breadboard end and the top. This started years ago when I’d use a router to make tenons and things just didn’t work out I found an inlayed piece would hide my lack of skill.

Now joining is pretty quick and easy. Here I milled out a dado and using my surface sander I fitted a strip of mesquite.


I added turquoise inlays to the top, similar with what was done on the morris chairs.
Using Loctite epoxy and black dye I attached the gems into pre mortised spots.



Thanks for viewing.

The piece was finished with Watco natural three coats, rubbed out and sanded to 600grit. 3 rubbings with Waterlux varnish and finished with 800 grit.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 12-12-2015 12:54 AM

Beautiful table, Terry!!


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#2 posted 12-12-2015 01:01 AM

That’s a great looking side table! I’m sure she’ll just love her new furniture suite!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 04:16 AM

You have done it again! Amazing.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 12:49 PM

Terry, that is a really nice table. I especially like the turquoise inlays; they make it unique and add a lot of visual interest.

-- Art

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