My first project...

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Project by eruby posted 11-04-2010 03:09 AM 1474 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

that my wife let me bring out of the basement, err shop.
This is obviously just a small cherry end-table. I took a class at a local community college a couple of years ago and this is the table that came out the other end. The first picture is how the table looks now. Pics 2 and 3 were taken shortly after the finish dried. Construction was straight forward. I used Mortise and (loose) tenons to join the aprons to the legs. I say loose not because I used dominoes or even biscuits. They were just poorly cut loose fitting tenons. I had to use epoxy to keep everything together, which has held up just fine. The finish is a homemade wiping varnish blend equal parts mineral spirits, poly, and BLO.

Things I learned on this project included:
Do not over clamp the panel glue up (still tend to do this)
Do not try and trim just a little more off the tenon at the table saw
It is much harder to scrape dried glue beads off after they have fully dried.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 03:27 AM

Nice grain on the table top.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 05:18 AM

fantastic first project (or 2nd. or 3rd. etc…) very nice

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 06:36 AM

Arrrrg! i can’t stand when I forget to remove the glue before it hardens. I always end up trying to scrape and sand afterwards and get frustrated. i like this piece. And congrats on making your own chemicals. I’d like to learn more about doing that eventually.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 07:08 AM

That’s a very elegant table. If that is your first project, then I can’t wait to see your future endeavors. Welcome to the best woodworking resource I’ve ever found. Thanks for joining in the spirit of sharing the success, “design modification opportunities”, wood used, and finish recipes.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 08:30 AM

I know why your wife allowed this into the house!! :-)
Beautiful looking table.

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 01:04 PM

Very nice. Good job on the tapered legs.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 02:26 PM

Thanks for the all the kind words.

deke- I did cut the tapered legs on the table saw. I used one of those commercial aluminum jigs and will never use one of those again. (I have been meaning to make a better jig so I can cut more tapers). The aluminum jig slipped (closed on itself), caused the wood to bind on the splitter and made a lot of smoke. (was using the equipment in the class) fortunately no one got hurt and I was able to salvage all 4 legs.
The profile on the top was my 4th or 5th attempt (that got the boss’ approval). My original plan was to cut a chamfer like most shaker tables. But, I think it was a roman ogee bit not fully raised on the bottom and round-over on the top.
LocalMac- I didn’t so much make my own chemicals as mix 3 things together. (pretty sure the poly was a minwax product)

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 02:44 PM

Great job!! Nice looking table. We learn with each project, that’s what makes it fun and exciting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 06:41 PM

Very nicely done …first time I’ve seen that profile used on the top , not just another Shaker style table…I also love the rays in the legs showing in the 2nd and 3rd pix.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 12:17 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 11-06-2010 12:04 AM

Very nice table Eric, looks like a great finish job.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 11-18-2010 04:05 PM

The problem with doing work like this out of the box – well – the standards have been set. There is a lumber mill in Indianhead, MD that has pretty good pricing and a large selection. You will need a trailer or truck and call a head

Good job.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#13 posted 11-18-2010 04:11 PM

Nice job on the end table.

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