End Tables

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Project by SPalm posted 10-25-2007 03:09 PM 2394 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 10-25-2007 03:12 PM

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2007 03:31 PM

Nice design. Simple but elegant.

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

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#3 posted 10-25-2007 03:44 PM


Very nice design and execution.

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 10-25-2007 05:23 PM

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 10-25-2007 06:24 PM

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 10-25-2007 07:01 PM

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 10-25-2007 08:09 PM

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 10-25-2007 09:37 PM

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 10-25-2007 10:39 PM

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 10-26-2007 01:23 AM

Great tables-clean and simple lines!

-- Spread love with our work

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#11 posted 10-26-2007 09:20 AM

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 05-27-2008 12:56 PM

Nice looking end tables.

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#13 posted 07-26-2008 04:49 PM

Nice tables!. Great work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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