A Tale of Two Tables

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Project by Bob Costello posted 03-14-2010 08:53 PM 1967 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the Shaker style. I have been building “plywood boxes with doors” for years and wanted to step it up a notch. Built these two tables to move it forward. The first was with poplar legs and cherry top and drawer front (locally purchased Florida cherry, somewhat “rustic”). My first dovetails ever. Used a Rockler jig. This table will be donated to a Council for Exceptional Children auction next week. I’m hoping someone will purchase for at least $100 to benefit the kids. Cherry finished with BLO and a waterbased gloss finish sprayed on then paste wax rub. The poplar was washed with a diluted white latex and then glazed, top coated and waxed.

The success and failures on the first were helpful on the second. Again, native Florida cherry for the entire piece. While “clear” in that there were no knots, this wood is very figured with minerals. Personally, I think the simple Shaker style is overpowered by the heavily figured wood . . . not compatible. In other words, the simple Shaker style cries out for the simple wood. Some clear northern cherry perhaps. It is a learning process. The design process is so important, I realize, thus I am still pondering my knob choice on both.

On the second piece I added a bead detail at the bottom of the aprons and narrowed the front pieces on top and bottom of the drawer. First time for a solid wood drawer bottom (floating – always used ply or hardboard before).

Only had 4/4 stock so had to laminate the legs. No problem on the poplar but, obviously, visible on the second piece. I am not troubled by this but will get some 8/4 stock for next attempt.

Both tables are jointed with Dowelmax, a tool I recommend highly. Expensive but so easy to use. Therefore the dowels seen in the second table are merely decorative, a last minute addition and, I think, add to the piece. I have both tables out in the sun to jump start the “cherry darkens with time” process.

I can’t wait to start on the next “real furniture” project.

-- Bob Costello

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 11:27 PM

These came out nicely! Maybe it’s just the low resolution of the photos, but I can hardly see the lamination on the legs. You got a nice color match on the poplar/cherry in the first piece.

Oh, and good luck with the auction! :)

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 02:10 AM

Great Lookin Tables

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 02:29 AM

Nice looking table.

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 03:41 AM

I think both came out great. Very good build.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 04:02 PM

Excellent job!

I like the dowel and beading details.

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

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