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Project by splintergroup posted 08-15-2016 03:53 PM 969 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, this turned out to be a weird project.

The basics:
Chair side table, 16”w x 22”d x 24”h (the top is 30”x 20”), White Oak, fumed/natural Danish oil/poly top coat. The top and side panels are curly Oak.

The wife wanted a bigger table between our two chairs (so we could pile on more ‘stuff’ 8^). Dimensions were based on what room there was so beyond that, I had complete freedom in design (except it had to match the finish of the rest of the room, needed a recess for a power strip, etc… 8^).

I scrounged through my collection of odd-bits and templates and decided on an A&C/Mission style base, but the top was screaming “bread-board ends” as a way to use up some extra Ebony parts I had. Kind of a mish-mash of styles, even the top is oriented counter to traditional.

Where it gets weird:
Usually when I set off with White Oak that eventually will get fumed, I spend some time creating a cut list so all the parts can come from the same “tree” (to the best I can determine). This final part is important because when fuming, the amount of tannins in the wood determine how fast/much the wood will darken.
Well as it happens I biffed a few parts and needed to grab another board from my stash. I did this without even thinking about the “same tree” philosophy. After putting all the parts into my fuming tent and forgetting to check on them periodically, this came back to bite me since the new board was tannin rich and turned walnut brown. Usually in moments of clarity, I will fume some samples from each board to match up the fuming times. Foregoing that, I’ll peek into the process every few hours and pull parts that have the desired color. With these I let them go a full 16 hours without so much as a peek.

At least the darker wood ended up on complementary parts! (Symmetry is a nice aspect when mixing up finish tones!) I’ll probably re-do the cabinet door at some point.

So basically I ended up with the curly Oak having minimal browning, the muttons and door rails/styles being akin to walnut, and everything else being somewhere in-between.

Some construction details:

I always worry about wood movement since our house is heated with wood (very dry air) and cooled with a swamp cooler (can get very humid). The web-based “shrinkulator” claimed I needed to account for up to 1/2” of movement (which seemed rather much), but I allowed for free movement where it counts. The middle platform and the base platform are only attached (glued) at the front, they are supported by unglued splines along the sides and overlap the rear rails with a rabbet to hide the changing gap.

The top has breadboard ends, Greene & Greene style to allow for movement of the center section. The top is secured by “buttons” that allow for expansion into/out-of slots cut into the rails.

The legs are 2” x 2” (with G&G style accents), made from miter locked boards to allow consistent grain patterns on all sides

The door is still awaiting a knob to be installed (actually I haven’t even decided on a style yet).

The back is recessed since SWMBO wanted a place to stash the gaggle of power strips that seem to multiply behind the chairs

I liked how the curly oak turned out. In fact, the entire piece tends to color-shift depending on the viewing angle which also reduces/enhances the contrast between the fuming errors.
Next time I might give it a try with quarter sawn WO for something fancier (but I just saw AandCstyle scooping up the last of it for his next creation 8^)

Comments, criticism, “man walks into a bar” jokes welcome!





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#1 posted 08-15-2016 05:57 PM

Really well done, I like the design.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 08-15-2016 09:23 PM

Nice build, that’s some beauty oak for the top!

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 08-15-2016 09:58 PM

This is a beautiful side table and it’s done so nicely and has a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 08-15-2016 10:08 PM



Next time I might give it a try with quarter sawn WO for something fancier (but I just saw AandCstyle scooping up the last of it for his next creation 8^)

Hey, Splinter, I resemble that remark! haha You must be able to “see for miles and miles” since you are in NM and I am in VA, but your vision was impaired because my current/next project uses nothing in the quercus family.

Aside from all that, I have seen bits and pieces of curly oak here and there, but nothing like what you found and used. It is magnificent. The table is really special and the finish looks outstanding. Your SHMBO should be very satisfied with this addition to the family.

-- Art

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#5 posted 08-15-2016 11:03 PM

That turned out great, love the design and accents. How does the ebony piece glued on the breadboard end work with wood movement of the top?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 08-15-2016 11:50 PM

Well it certainly turned out great! I like the A&C with G&G details—it really works on this table!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 08-16-2016 01:35 PM



Really well done, I like the design.

Nice build, that’s some beauty oak for the top!

This is a beautiful side table and it’s done so nicely and has a lot of character.

Thank you Doug, Chris, and Charles!

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#8 posted 08-16-2016 01:41 PM



Hey, Splinter, I resemble that remark! haha You must be able to “see for miles and miles” since you are in NM and I am in VA, but your vision was impaired because my current/next project uses nothing in the quercus family.

I always kind of figured that is why you left NM, we ran out of WO!

Can’t wait to see what you can do with something besides your go-to wood (especially in terms of finishes!). You are just way too productive…


Aside from all that, I have seen bits and pieces of curly oak here and there, but nothing like what you found and used. It is magnificent. The table is really special and the finish looks outstanding. Your SHMBO should be very satisfied with this addition to the family.

- AandCstyle

Thanks for the words! I have a small stash left of the CWO, only 5” wide so I’ll need to consider what will work.

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 08-16-2016 01:53 PM

Thanks Dean!

Allen,


How does the ebony piece glued on the breadboard end work with wood movement of the top?

The ebony spline is glued into the center table section only. The tongue that extends into the BB end just floats (with a small gap for expansion. The end plugs (three on each end) cover long (5”) screws. The center 4” of the BB end is glued/screwed to the center top piece. The outer screw holes have wide slots that allow for movement.

Here is a portion of the plan I based my bed side tables off of, same methods used:

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#10 posted 08-16-2016 02:16 PM

beautiful wood

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#11 posted 08-16-2016 05:20 PM

I’m pretty sure my secret stash of QSWO is still hiding in the back of the lumber bin in the shop but I’m not sure….

The fuming really pulled the rays out on the WO. I’m a big fan of G&G, Craftsman, and A&C so I think the styles blend quite well together. The breadboard top with the G&G splines is always a winner.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 08-16-2016 09:54 PM



I always kind of figured that is why you left NM, we ran out of WO!

You are just way too productive…

I’m not sure that NM ever had any decent qswo. Even Alpine had limited and picked over dregs. I got stock from CO and TX. Retirement is great! :)))

-- Art

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#13 posted 08-17-2016 02:22 AM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 08-17-2016 03:21 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

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#15 posted 08-19-2016 12:58 AM

Very unique table. The curly oak is wild and really makes the piece.

Thanks for sharing the plug detail, I always wondered how that was done. I’ll file that one away for later.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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