Side Table

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Project by Builder_Bob posted 1663 days ago 1311 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry and (painted) poplar. This was my third woodworking project, and the first that wasn’t completely painted. I tried all possible finishing techniques on the top; polyshades oil, water, varnish, stains and dyes. I eventually gave up. I tossed it onto the scrap heap and made another top from walnut. The walnut just got a few coats of water based poly and looked great.

A few weeks later, I hauled this top out of the trash and sanded everything off. I used water based dye and polyurethane to bring the poor battered thing to the condition you see here. My wife figures it’s the best looking piece I ever made. Go figure.

Part of the top flips open on barrel hinges to reveal the secret storage compartment for remotes, coasters, toothpicks, salt, pepper, napkins and other unsightly stuff.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#1 posted 1663 days ago

Nice side table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1663 days ago

Nice build Bob

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#3 posted 1663 days ago

Nothing wrong with that. Great job.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 1663 days ago

A great design. very nice.

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

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#5 posted 1663 days ago

thats a nice table

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#6 posted 1663 days ago

Very nice.

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#8 posted 1663 days ago

Like the concept of the top opeining up… Very Nice!

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