Cherry "Ethan Allen" End Table

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Project by ytsejamr posted 04-29-2010 07:28 PM 8758 views 31 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an end table I finally finished for my parents. The base is ash painted black and the top is cherry with a few gel stains (mahogany, nutmeg) with a satin Arm-R-Seal top coat.

I take very little credit for the design. I made this to match their existing Ethan Allen coffee table and small triangular table. My mom was using a TV tray as an end table on her side of the couch. I told her I could make something that matched the rest of their furniture. All the sizes/dimensions were taken from their other table. I only made the top apron a little bigger so I could accommodate a drawer.

It’s fairly small . . . the top is about 14” x 24” . . . just a nice little table for the end of the couch.

There were a couple “firsts” for me. First time using dowels. I used them to attach the slats to the shelf and apron. While I would love to have an accurate doweling jig, I went with a very cheap one, and it worked fairly well.

First time trying that type of drawer slide. It went ok, until I tried the final fit of the drawer. After an hour and a half of wrestling with it, I finally realized my runners were a little thick on one end. Now it slides very smoothly.

And for the first time, I tracked all my time spent, from design, to buying lumber to final finishing and fitting. Total time . . . . 26 hours!

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 07:33 PM

Very nice build, looks great.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 07:36 PM

Don’t let Ethan Allen see it, they might copy yours. Looks great.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 07:48 PM

I like that it has a drawer.

Is that a little icon of you inside that drawer?

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

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 07:57 PM

Yes, that’s me. It’s a hand carved rubber stamp my friend made for me. Check out my last few projects for a better shot of it.

Here’s his website if anyone is interested:

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 08:14 PM

Very timeless look. I especially like that the black paint didn’t hide the grain in the ash.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 08:18 PM

Ethan allen eat your friggen heart out. looks great!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 09:08 PM

What Chase said!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 09:10 PM

Nice end table.

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#9 posted 04-29-2010 09:57 PM

Nice job on the table. It looks like something the Count of Tuscany might set his coffee on. ;-)


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#10 posted 04-29-2010 11:32 PM

I see what you did there. :-)

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 12:39 AM

Very impressive table. I really like the drawer.

-- Russ

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 03:03 AM

When I read the description I thought “he painted over ash?” I stand corrected. It is all a great look. You should be proud of your great work on this one.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 03:17 AM

You did a great job.

Really beautiful table !!

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 04-30-2010 03:30 AM

I did do the photography. Just a big white paper backdrop with a bunch of lights. It’s all in the presentation!

And yeah, I’m not one for painting wood, but I had to match their existing furniture. I read up on black lacquer, but I ended up just buying a few cans of Rustoleum painters touch black satin (with a couple coats of primer). It went on surprisingly nice.

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#15 posted 04-30-2010 06:43 AM

Classy table.
Great grain pattern on the top and I like the stamp inside the drawer.
I think I may too ugly to be reproduced in such a stamp :(

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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