Ambrosia Maple & Cherry Bed Side Tables

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Project by nalij posted 09-08-2016 09:24 PM 884 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the summer I built a cherry and maple bed frame, the next item on the list was a pair of matching bedside tables, next is a dresser. I wanted to give the tables and dressers some flair so I decided to use Ambrosia Maple for the tops and straight maple veneer on the drawer fronts.

I wanted a somewhat modern version of the classic Shaker / Arts & Crafts style end tables. I think the final result is pretty good.

The cherry was stained with 235 Cherry Miniwax. On the Ambrosia top and bottom I applied Spar Urethane since I am sure drinks will get rested on them. For the drawer front, inside, outside I used a clear satin poly. Sanded with 320 between coats – 3X. Applied finishing wax on all of the cherry once the stain was dry. Also, applied wax to the drawer sliders and rails.

A couple things I am proud of /features in this project:
  • First time using the lathe and I think the pulls came out pretty good, and mostly identical
  • My dovetail skills are getting better (thanks Rob Cosman, your videos are fantastic & the rest of YouTube)
  • I used just about all the Ambrosia that I had, including making inlays on the inside of the drawers – I mean why not no one sees it
  • I created my own table top fasteners for the front portion of the table top since the metal ones I typically use were too large in that area
  • The bottoms of each drawer are veneered in maple

Thanks for looking and any comments.

-- Consult by Day, Wood Slayer at Night |

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 10:31 PM

Love the look of the tops and bottoms. Really great look. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 11:39 PM

A very nice looking pair of nightstands! I like the Shaker/A&C look of them—and that ambrosia maple is just gorgeous!

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 12:29 AM

I have to totally agree with both of them! Great looking tables.

-- just rjR

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 12:50 PM

Love the look of the tops, nice job matching them.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 03:22 PM

These two tables turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 09-09-2016 03:50 PM

look great

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 05:45 PM

Nice looking design. I rarely see ambrosi wood, realy looks good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 07:49 PM

very nice pair of tables really love that ambrosia with the cherry.the knobs came out great and the joinery is beautiful,i think you can take pride in these my friend,nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 09-10-2016 12:46 AM

A great combination of colors. Love the Ambrosia on the tops.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 02:42 AM

man those look great!!!

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#11 posted 09-10-2016 01:24 PM

Amazing wood great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 09-11-2016 04:44 PM

Those are beautiful

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#13 posted 09-11-2016 05:14 PM

- MilFlyer
- Mean_Dean
- ralbuck
- CampD
- helluvawreck
- david38
- majuvla
- pottz
- SteveGaskins
- whsewardiv
- a1Jim

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the feedback. Lumberjocks is such an inspiring and great community.

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