Cherry Table

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 09-30-2007 04:06 AM 2121 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cherry table a while back. It is 30” x 17” x 27” high. The top is 7/8” thick, but with the routed edge treatment to the bottom it gives it a more delicate look. I thought the bead on the bottom edge of the aprons helped also. The legs are tapered on the two inside faces. I gave it a light cherry stain with clear lacquer top coat.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#1 posted 09-30-2007 04:27 AM

That is a very nice table. The lines are classic and the color is outstanding. A nice clean piece that looks like it was made in a custom shop.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-30-2007 05:35 AM

You’ve created a very nice table and have accomplished your desired delicate look with the edge treatment and beaded aprons.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 09-30-2007 05:39 AM

Nice work, Dan.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 09-30-2007 05:40 AM

Really nice table, Dan.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-30-2007 05:05 PM

Enjoy seeing your work…this is a great table!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 09-30-2007 07:24 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 09:32 PM

Very nice looking table. Looks like you put some time into it. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-30-2007 10:25 PM

Very elegant table, I really like the bead detail around the apron of the table.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 10-01-2007 05:17 PM

Beautiful and Simple.

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#10 posted 10-01-2007 11:52 PM

Very nice table – well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 10-02-2007 02:31 AM

nice work. very thoughtful grain selection

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#12 posted 10-02-2007 05:14 PM

That’s a beautiful table!

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

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#13 posted 10-08-2007 05:10 AM


I love the table! I’m 75% done making a similar cherry table. Mine is much narrower for a very narrow hallway. I’ve heard a local woodworker criticize the overuse of stain on cherry by most woodworkers. What type of stain did you use on yours? I like the way it looks.

Scott in Madison

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#14 posted 10-08-2007 05:18 AM

A great looking table. My son Dan and myself made a shaker table at a class given by our Woodworking club. I do like the bead. That is outside of the Shaker style though. I don’t think they ever do that. Ours are in one of my projects.

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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Dan Pleska

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#15 posted 10-08-2007 08:15 PM

Thanks again for all of your comments.

Scott: I would tend to agree with your local woodworker about the use of cherry stain. I personally prefer the natural look of cherry. Too ofter it is stained dark for cabinets. To me, they look like dark reddish brown wood. I did that table a while back and I’m not sure what I used. I probably did the same as a couple of my other projects. Both the Revolving Dictionary Stand and the Dulcimer were given a couple of coats of Watco Danish Oil, Natural, to “pop” the looks of the grain out. The Dictionary Stand has a top coat of blond shellac and the Dulcimer just has several coats of paste wax. Cherry will darken, with age, on its own anyway.

Karson: You’re right. The Shakers would not have put the bead around the apron. They also would not have given the top an edge treatment like mine. I looked at yours and your son’s tables. Very nice work, and a fine example of the Shaker style.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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