Tiger maple & walnut end table

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Project by leec posted 08-22-2016 05:57 PM 608 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at “real” furniture. I found Sketch-Up plans online for an nightstand that I liked, and deepened it to make it into an end table. It came out pretty well, although I wish I’d used some darker walnut for some more contrast.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 06:45 PM

I think the contrast is beautiful! Great job … you should be proud. How is your top attached? Where did you find the lumber? What finish did you use?

... sorry for all the questions.

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 07:44 PM

Ron – thanks for the kind words. The top is attached with figure-8 desktop fasteners.
I got the lumber from in Lunenburg, MA. Can’t say enough about how helpful they were in helping a novice like me pick out the lumber, including lots of suggestions on how to optimize my cuts to get the most out of the rough-cut maple I bought. And, since I only needed some walnut trim pieces, they threw in some offcuts for free. The legs are 1.5” square, and I didn’t want a glue-up, but they didn’t have any 8/4 stock – so I bought the leg stock somewhere else (don’t recall the name).
The finish – I started with amber shellac, although it didn’t pop the figure as much as I had hoped. Given that this was my 1st serious project, I didn’t feel confident enough to try using a dye. Then I finished with 5-6 coats of Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 07:51 PM

I think the color contrast looks perfect. Very nicely done.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 08:02 PM

Lee – Thanks for the reply. Be careful throwing the novice word around … looks like a pro job to me. I for one look forward to your next endeavor. Peace!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 10:16 PM

That is a real nice looking table. A very elegant design extremely well crafted.

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 11:18 PM

love it – great work

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 08-23-2016 03:28 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 08-23-2016 03:55 PM

a very good job for your first shot a furniture ….. contrast looks pretty good to me ….......EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW sketch up …........LMAO ….......GREAT JOB


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#9 posted 08-24-2016 11:27 AM

that is outstanding! Great work, Lee!

-- PaulMayer,

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#10 posted 08-25-2016 01:34 AM

I don’t agree with you – light furniture really turns the expected on its head – in a great way. And your work is terrific! Celebrate it …

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#11 posted 08-27-2016 02:51 AM

Nice job!

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