Threesome of Living Room Tables

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Project by senomozi posted 11-23-2009 03:42 AM 3923 views 36 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid red oak and walnut living room tables built for the same home as the dining table also described in My Projects. All tables feature leg assemblies where the horizontal pieces form part of the top and are connected to the vertical pieces using bridal joints. Finish is Minwax natural oil stain (#209) to highlight the grain followed by sprayed waterborne lacquer. Result on walnut is not as nice as the polymerized tung oil I had used on the dining table.

The end table features a deep drawer that fits into notches made in the top section of the front legs. Version 1 of the design actually had the drawer fit between full size legs (3” wide faces), which did not make for a very pleasing look. By notching the legs the drawer could be widened by 3”. The drawer sides are connected to the front with a rabbet joint reinforced with a couple of pan head solid brass screws recessed 1/32” into the wood then filed flush to the surface of the side to produce fake brass plugs. This is a design detail I saw on a piece of Greene & Greene furniture. 18” wide x 24” deep x 22” high.

Coffee table is 18” wide x 38” long x 18” high.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 04:05 AM

Brian said: “It must have been tricky to file the brass flush w/o marring the drawer sides. How did you accomplish that?”

The file I use was fairly fine so it did not mar the sides badly. A little bit of sanding with 180 sandpaper took care of the file marks. One problem though is that the brass filings lodged themselves into the large pores of the oak and I could not get them out. So the wood around the brass “plugs” kind of looks dirty. I think if I had sealed the wood with shellac before filing I might have had a better chance of getting the filings out.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 05:39 AM

I’m still waiting for a blah project from you Senomozi , But I dont think it’s going to happen! great tables and super cool design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 04:58 PM

Really cool designs. They look incredibly solid. Nice joint-work as well.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 06:12 PM

Beautiful job on the design and the joinery!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 06:30 PM

Very nice – i love the bridle joints

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 06:33 PM

Nice tables. Maybe some masking tape would have helped with those filings.

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

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#7 posted 11-23-2009 06:55 PM

Nicely done! I have always liked the look of oak and walnut together. I also like the professional looking photos as well.

Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 12:22 PM

Very nicely done. Neat, and I like it!!
The contrast in wood is realy nice.

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 11:32 PM

Well done! keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#10 posted 12-04-2009 09:51 PM

Very nice design and execution. I will add this to my favorites and probably use some of your ideas. Thanks for posting! I may use cherry to see how that looks. For what it’s worth I always think an odd number of pins in the sides of drawers look better than an even number. Whatever. Beautiful.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#11 posted 04-20-2010 10:55 AM

Beautiful, just beautiful !!!
Love your work…..

-- Rafaelstudio33

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#12 posted 06-21-2011 07:04 PM

Just a beautiful project expertly executed. This must have been time consuming but such an outstanding result! I really admire your work.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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