Cherry Sewing Table - My First Project

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Project by Mottom posted 09-19-2007 10:14 PM 2148 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to surprise my wife with a small sewing table because she sometimes liked to sew in the living room rather than in her craft room. I didn’t like seeing her struggle with a sewing machine set up on a small TV tray.

The table is made from American Cherry. Unfortunately, I made the skirt and drawer front out of sap-wood (at the time, I did not know what sap wood was – I just thought it unusually grained). I also only put a slight taper on the legs because I was terrified of the tapering jig (I’ve since come to feel more comfortable with it).

I used this project to become familiar with creating my own designs, tapering, bread boards (there are tiny bread boards at each end of the top), drawer construction, and carcass building.

-- A novice at the craft and loving every minute!

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#1 posted 09-20-2007 01:34 AM

aaaaaaw your wife must have been SO pleased with this wonderful table.

Well thought out and executed. Bravo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-20-2007 01:59 AM

I like the grain and look of the sap wood. Cherry is a beautiful wood and great to work with, isn’t it? The table turned out really nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 09-20-2007 05:06 AM

Great table. Cherry ia awesome wood to work with. and their,s nothing wrong with sap wood, yours looks great. Congrats on finishing your first project.

-- bryano

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#4 posted 09-20-2007 05:13 AM

Great table. I tend to shy away from the sapwood myself, and stay with the red part. I will use it for parts that only have one side visible. Cherry pink on one side and sap wood on the other.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-20-2007 09:02 AM

Great table!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 09-21-2007 08:01 PM

Great first project. Real nice. You have a lucky spouce.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 06:54 AM

That came out really nice. Nothing wrong with sap wood, makes it look good. Great job!

-- Kevin

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 07:22 AM

That’s great for a first project. Heck even your 10th.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 11:15 AM

Dittos, that is nice work, it is a great looking table, and mama is happy.

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 01:28 PM

This is a gorgeous project. What is not to like about cherry? It is my favorite wood with which to work. I see nothing amiss about your table. The sapwood is just fine. Cherry has a natural variation in color and including the lighter sapwood just adds a nice detail to the piece. The tapers lighten the look of the table.

This is an excellent piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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