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Project by harum posted 06-27-2017 10:06 PM 1172 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this side table which was inspired and mostly based on the plans for Small Curved Stand in FWW, from which I borrowed the design and joinery. However, I made the following changes:

(a) the dimensions are 31” H x 22” W 15-1/2” D for the table and 25” x 18” for the edge-laminated table top;
(b) the floating panel of the door is both coopered and arched;
(c) only made one big drawer on shop-made bottom slides.

The material is, of course, curly cherry. I also used walnut for the drawer body; some unidentified, but beautifully figured and very hard wood for the shelf; and hard maple and white oak for the drawer slides. The finish is multiple coats of blond shellac and GF Arm-R-Seal with light sanding between coats.

I built this table around the coopered door following the advice from several books but, in retrospect, this wasn’t necessary because one can control the dimensions of the assembled door pretty reliably. The coopering is not just one single radius but rather Krenov-style coopering: the angle between adjacent stakes is constant but the stakes get progressively narrower towards the periphery: 2”—2”—2.5”—3”—2.5”—2”—2”. The drawer front is the same curve as the door.

These two images below show the lumber roughly cut for the drawer and the finished drawer:

The next two are examples of joinery:

These are hard maple/white oak slides for the drawer:

The shelf:

The door details:

This was a fun project with a lot of “firsts” starting with the first piece of furniture. Without available bandsaw, the hardest part I guess was shaping the drawer front, first on a table saw, then with planes and scrapers. I made my own drawer slides but ended up buying the rest of the hardware with matching finish for the drawer pull and the handle, the hinges, and the door catch.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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TonyInPA

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#1 posted 06-27-2017 10:21 PM

Nice Job, Harum! Beautiful Curly Cherry top.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#2 posted 06-27-2017 10:28 PM

Thanks, Tony! This top turned out to be dead stable—went through the wet winter without warping.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 10:54 PM

Nice work! Looks like it was an enjoyable challenge?

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#4 posted 06-28-2017 01:20 AM

That is very attractive.

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MC

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#5 posted 06-28-2017 01:45 AM

The grain and sap wood are stunning. Very nice piece.

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#6 posted 06-28-2017 02:01 AM

A stunningly beautiful piece of furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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harum

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#7 posted 06-28-2017 03:55 AM

Thanks for all the comments! The shelf wood has actually been identified earlier as hickory or butternut. I’m still not sure what it is. It is dense, heavy, and hard to sand; and also finished with blond shellac and GF Arm-R-Seal.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#8 posted 06-28-2017 08:46 AM

Great work, I love the Sap wood in the middle of the door. For me it adds so much more interest. Enjoy, its a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 06-28-2017 12:07 PM

Butternut would be much softer than what you’ve described re: that shelf board. Looks very much to be hickory. And the piece overall is incredible. Very nice work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 06-28-2017 02:52 PM

This is an attractive cabinet and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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harum

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#11 posted 06-28-2017 02:56 PM

Ken, Smitty, and Charles, as always, appreciate your responses!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#12 posted 06-28-2017 05:22 PM

Excellent work on this. Must have required a lot of thinking about it when not actually working on it. This turned out beautifully.

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#13 posted 06-28-2017 09:44 PM

Wow!

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#14 posted 06-29-2017 05:03 AM

This is beautiful. That curly cherry looks spensive. Very nice.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#15 posted 06-29-2017 09:45 AM

Wow, nicely done bravo, With the arched door and drawer, you are few, but long, steps ahead of me , bravo
keep on making sawdust.

-- andrek

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