Maple Sideboard

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Project by Safetyboy posted 1799 days ago 2229 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Stickley sideboard following the plans from the summer issue of Woodworking Magazine. I made it out of soft maple instead of the traditional white oak (though Schwartz made his out of cherry). A couple more firsts on this one for me:

First time making a piece with full mortise & tenon joinery, and first time following a set of complete plans.

It’s stained with Transtint “medium brown” (water based), followed by a coat of BLO, then a number of coats of wipe-on poly. I’m really happy with the color I got out of it.

Some people to go great lengths to keep maple from “blotching”... I like a bit of figure in my wood (same as my woman), so I tend to just treat it as a natural property of the wood and let it show through.

The cupped drawer pulls are also a bit non-traditional for the Arts & Crafts style, but I think they make a nice addition.

The final piece adds a nice warm, but not too dark, look to our entry-way. I’m very happy with it – hope you enjoyed looking.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 1799 days ago

Very Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 1799 days ago

Excellent job! I’m planning on building a similar sideboard as soon as I finish the dining room table. That’ll give me time to procrastinate before digging into the chairs.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Vincent Nocito

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#3 posted 1799 days ago

Very well done. I think the color is very inviting. I have seen a few antigue Stickley pieces done in maple, so you are in keeping with the style.

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#4 posted 1799 days ago

Nice sideboard!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1799 days ago

Nice place to drop the keys when you come in. Good job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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bill merritt

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#6 posted 1798 days ago

Good looking work on this sideboard.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#7 posted 1525 days ago

I like working with maple myself, great job.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#8 posted 1525 days ago

Nice looking peice. There’s a big differance in poping the grain and blotching.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1519 days ago

I like the way yours turned out, SafetyBoy. (You commented on mine a while back.) I especially like your composition on the sides with the curl of the maple showing off nicely. It’s very difficult to avoid tearout with such nice figure and you did a great job! Excellent work! Christopher Schwartz has some competition I’d say.

-- SteveL

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#10 posted 1364 days ago

This looks great. I love the pulls, unusual yet comfortable. At least they look comfy.

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