Cherry Tilt-Top Table

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Project by Alongiron posted 08-18-2017 02:19 PM 1437 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

George cut it down and I milled it up! True Story! My friend George Martin last year cut down and slabbed a dying cherry tree in my back yard. I milled some of it up into this nice little tilt top table. I based it off some pictures I found on pinterest. It is finished off with 3 coats of satin poly.

The hardest part is fitting the dovetails just right. Here is a pic of the rough fit and another after I tweeked them a bit

Once I go them to fit perfect, no clamps were needed to glue them up.

I cut the oval out on the bandsaw using an easy technique my father taught me years ago. I cut it pretty good but not perfect. No fun if it is perfect! I did taper the legs down from 1” at the dovetails to 3/4” at the foot using my stationary belt sander

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 02:42 PM

Nicely done! Beautiful project.

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 02:56 PM

Excellent craftsmanship! In the military vanacular “Ya Dun Good!” Or if in south MS they’d say PURDY!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 08-18-2017 03:08 PM

very nice work,a timeless classic design.great job.

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

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#4 posted 08-18-2017 04:05 PM

Well done Steve. It came out beautifully and you demonstrate some fine craftsmanship.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 08-18-2017 04:21 PM

Very nice. Good work on the sliding dovetails!

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

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#6 posted 08-18-2017 05:18 PM

This is a beautiful table. It looks like an original.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 08-18-2017 06:08 PM

A beautifully constructed hand crafted table. Love the cherry wood one of my favorites. Outstanding work on those sliding dovetails.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 08-18-2017 08:37 PM

Steve, masterfully done and I think the oval top is especially eye catching.

-- Art

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 08-18-2017 11:25 PM

Sweet table, Steve!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-19-2017 02:28 PM

Gorgeous table and fantastic construction! I always appreciate it when people include the work they have done on their project!

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#11 posted 08-19-2017 05:21 PM

As usual,Steve, beautiful work. You are a true craftsman.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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