Cherry and maple end table

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Project by Schnur posted 03-19-2017 07:13 PM 806 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Design can be a frustrating part of woodworking. With the vast amount of accomplished woodworkers out there, completely original ideas are hard if not impossible to create. For me, a fresh design rarely entails new design elements, but instead consists of an amalgam of existing design elements already realized by other woodworkers. Tapered legs, floating table tops, recessed handle cavities, exposed drawers, and drawer stops are hardly new ideas. But combining these ideas may lead to something new.

This was my first time working with cherry, and wow, was it a dream to work with. It is hard enough to not dent too easily and soft enough to almost effortlessly work at it with hand tools. And once it oxidizes, wow! A Festool domino joiner would have been nice for this project, but hand tools can be a joy to use if you aren’t in a hurry to get a project completed. I don’t have $1000 laying around for such a luxury and that amount of money could be used for materials for 8 more of these tables anyway.

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln


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#1 posted 03-19-2017 07:52 PM

the wood is wonderful. a design idea to make it a tad more unique might be to have the legs extend a bit past the rails? I like this table quite a bit.

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 11:16 PM

I like your design, great wood combo.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 03:19 AM

hey I gotta tell that I blew right past this earlier today thinking nothing special,wow was I wrong.i took a second look and this really impressed me.i totally agree with your opinion on original design,we all take from what we see and make it our own, and you certainly did it with your interpretation on standard design elements and making it your own,very nice work my friend.i love your drawer design and will probably steal and use iti don’t care what anyone tells you this works I would not change a thing,thanks for sharing your work.excellent.

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 10:17 AM

Pretty cool floating top design. The handle set is interesting too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 12:50 PM

Oh boy! This is a real beauty with a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

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 03-20-2017 01:37 PM

You’re correct about the design factor in woodworking. Designing something pleasing to the eye and and at the same time that is very functional is more important that just creating something new. The finished product should create the excitement not the design process.

Your end table really does create that excitement. Great use of components and materials, not to mention that the design complements the wood and the wood complements the design.

Even if I had the money, I’m not sure I’d want to fall down that domino black hole. The satisfaction you get from making something with hand tools most often shows in the finished product!

Great project and super looking table!

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 01:49 PM

Nice work. Love the floating top. I’m sure George Hepplewhite is shaking his head say, ”Damn … why didn’t I think of that!”  Good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 02:37 PM

beautiful great design

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 03:55 PM

Love the unique features and how they work. The use of the drawer sides as aprons looks great and saves wood (win-win 8^)

Many things I’ve yet to learn!

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 10:36 PM

Interesting! It’s definitely a unique table, and very well executed! I’m not sure if I could convince my wife to keep such a table in our house next to our more traditional furniture, but it’s a pretty neat design nonetheless. I like the doweled box joint looking drawer front joinery. I’ve been meaning to experiment with that technique. I’d like to master dovetails first though – my hand cut dovetails still look very… Hand cut.

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 11:31 PM

very cool – love the exposed drawer and other details
glad you dialed it back on the legs as it would have been too much
wonderful piece

-- Greg Simon

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#13 posted 03-21-2017 01:02 AM


Beautiful design…

Asian stylish …

Great wood matching as well.

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#14 posted 03-21-2017 03:53 AM

Well done, excellent wood combo.


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#15 posted 03-22-2017 04:52 PM

That’s a great looking end table! I love that figured maple drawer—and love that floating top!

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

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