Cherry Sofa Table

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Project by John posted 12-02-2010 11:33 PM 1804 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this table last spring, then got involved in a couple of other projects then the summer yard maintenance thing started which put this on hold but I recently completed this cherry sofa table. It is not an original design. I mostly copied a design of a table that I liked. I did change a couple of small details. The aprons on the lower shelf are not flat but rather have a slight curve to match the curve of the legs where the aprons meet the legs. If I did this again, I might make the aprons a little wider and incorporate more of this curve to the aprons. It was an enjoyable project and not too involved. Probably half the time spent was pushing the sandpaper back and forth. Simple BLO finish. An interesting aspect of the project (to me at least) is that the tree was a local tree that was sawed in a local mill. On long Island there are only two mills that I know of and the one this came from was a local farmer who mills lumber part time. I bought the lumber from a nearby retired architectural woodworker/artist who is a very interesting person to know.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 11:49 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 12:00 AM

Very ellegant.

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 12:03 AM

Nice Table !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 12:15 AM

Very Nice Table – Did you make the legs yourself? They look great. Also I love the lamps that are on the table, the whole thing is in good proportion

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 12:20 AM

I like the second photo best , because the table isn’t being overpowered by the lamps : )
The small pitcher / vase looks just right on the table.
The Cherry appears to have some nice character to it : )
Well done !

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 12:47 AM

Christian, I did make the legs myself on the bandsaw. Easy to do. I first made a larger cabriole leg with some simple carved feet. It is not very hard to do. If you have a bandsaw you should give it a try. There is a lot of waste from all the off cuts. I saved all the off cuts and I’m thinking about making some abstract art with all of them arranged in some type of wall hanging.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 12-03-2010 02:26 AM

Nice legs

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#8 posted 12-03-2010 03:02 AM

John this is really wonderful. The legs and two tier design is so unique and works so well. And those lamps… wow. Great stuff!

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#9 posted 12-03-2010 03:05 AM

Nice looking sofa table.

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#10 posted 12-03-2010 04:42 AM

A couple of you commented on the lamps which have sort of an interesting story. My wife came home with the two lamps from the historical society thrift shop in town about 10 years ago. As I recall they sat around for a while until I decided to actually fix them up. I think they were in pieces, the cords were destroyed of course and the lamp sockets were all corroded and unusable. i had to special order the lamp holders and special gimbals from the electrical supply. The counter guy didn’t want to order them because he never sold lamps holders like them and was afraid he would get stuck with them if I decided I couldn’t use them when they were delivered. I paid for them right there and he ordered them – cost me about $10 each as I recall. My wife was in the other room while I was taking the lamps apart and repairing them and I see the name Stiffel on one of the shades. Apparently that is a well known lamp manufacturer and she was happy that she got such a good deal on the lamp. They wanted two fifty for the lamps. So my wife said each? They said no, two fifty for both of them. That’s $2.50 – two dollars and fifty cents. Sometimes you just seem to fall into a deal. Thank you all for your kind comments.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#11 posted 12-04-2010 04:54 PM

Great looking table! Love Cherry!

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

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 08:51 PM

love the openess and shapely legs

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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