Mission End Tables

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Project by rcs47 posted 10-23-2010 04:45 AM 4698 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two mission end tables in quarter sawn white oak to go with a mission coffee table and TV cabinet. The legs are mitered to provide quarter sawn grain on all sides (the same process used on the coffee table).

Like the coffee table, I used CrystaLac wood grain filler on the table tops, but I didn’t stain the tops first this time (I should read directions). A second coat of stain gave me the color I wanted. Usually grain filler is mainly used for a gloss finish, but it gives a great smooth surface for a satin finish too.

4/4 quarter sawn white oak for the drawer faces and legs
5/4 quarter sawn white oak for everything else
Lowes Cabot Early American stain
CrystaLac wood grain filler
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin top coat

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 05:10 AM

Excellent!! I love the look of quarter sawn. Have a stack of 4/4 waiting for inspiration. Wish I had some thicker stock for legs and such but got a heck of a deal on the 4/4.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 05:14 AM

Nice looking work there Doug. I like the whole feel of them. Good stuff!

I also noticed your signature. My Uncle (a true craftsman in my opinion) said something similar. If I remember correctly he said “The only difference between a wood worker and an outstanding wood worker is the ability to hide mistakes” .... The longer I do this the more I find those words ring true….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 05:19 AM

God looking tables. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 11:55 AM

Your attention to detail makes these pieces shine Doug. Terrific job!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 03:07 PM

Got to agree with the crew above, nice work on these timeless pieces Doug. I bet your glad you went with the grain filler, the top should feel silky smooth and a pleasure to gaze at…thank for show…BC

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 03:20 PM

Good jog on the tables. I like the detail on the legs.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 03:32 PM

Nice tables and lovely and neat.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 04:27 PM

Nice tables. Wish they were for ME !
Our house likes this type of furniture.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 06:51 PM

Great info about the CrystaLac. Those table are smashingly handsome. Splendid work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 01:37 AM

Thanks for all the kind words.

For some reason I read a LJ review of CrystaLac, and then ordered it. Now I wish I’d known about it years ago.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 04:30 AM

If and when my contractor ever finishes my workshop addition, I’ve got plans to build some Mission style furniture like this. The plans I have did the mitered legs also. Any tips on doing these? Seems like it might take a fair amount of work to get these to fit decently. Greg

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#12 posted 10-22-2011 06:00 AM

Wonderful figure in the wood. Really nice build on these end tables. Love the corbels!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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