End Tables

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Project by SPalm posted 2464 days ago 1883 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two end tables I made a few years back. Cherry tops with bandsawed maple legs.

The top was hand planed/scraped and stained using lye.

Tenons cut with the bandsaw and are mitered where they meet inside the legs. Mortises chopped by hand.

Finished with several coats of tung oil.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 2464 days ago

Nice tables! I’ve always been a fan of tung oil as well.

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#2 posted 2464 days ago

Nice design. Simple but elegant.

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

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Mark Mazzo

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#3 posted 2464 days ago


Very nice design and execution.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 2464 days ago

great looking tables … never heard of using lye. how does it work ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 2464 days ago

Thanks guys.

Lye is old school and controversial because it’s cheating and, well …, its lye. Don’t drink it or get it in your eyes. Use rubber gloves and do it outdoors. First raise the grain and de-nib with plain water. Dilute the lye with water and wipe it on and then off. It is amazing how it will make cherry ‘age’ instantly. The effect is a thin layer of aged cherry. When dry very lightly sand off the nibs and finish.

Don’t know if I should recommend it, but I did it (years ago), and it looks fantastic.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 2464 days ago

Oooh! I’m gonna steal some design elements from that!

Thanks for the lye tip, too.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 2464 days ago

I like the foot. Neat tables.

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

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#8 posted 2464 days ago

I like the simple, clean lines. A really nice piece of furniture. Beautiful hand work.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#9 posted 2464 days ago

Very nice looking table, Steve. I like this a lot. Great work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 2464 days ago

Great tables-clean and simple lines!

-- Spread love with our work

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#11 posted 2463 days ago

Great looking tables. I like the simplicity and the finish is outstanding. Gonna have to start using Tung Oil again.

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

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#12 posted 2249 days ago

Nice looking end tables.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 2189 days ago

Nice tables!. Great work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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