Mission Style End Table

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Project by tenontim posted 12-05-2010 01:23 AM 3803 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Mission Style end table, custom made for a clients particular needs. It’s made from quarter sawn white oak. This piece was going to be place on a sun porch, so we didn’t want the finish to fade, so I ammonia fumed the piece. I followed that with tung oil, varnish and wax. It has a 4” deep drawer on wooden runners. All of those spindles is why I prefer Arts and Crafts to Mission styles. Lot of work sanding all of those pieces.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 01:52 AM

Again, a beautiful project.


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#2 posted 12-05-2010 02:01 AM

Beautiful end table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 12-05-2010 02:05 AM

Wonderful collection of Mission furniture you have going here Tim…

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

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#4 posted 12-05-2010 02:08 AM

Tim: A great table. Can you tell us how you did the fuming.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 02:13 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Karson, this piece was small enough that I just made a tee pee, by taping a piece of drop cloth to a string hanging over my assembly bench. I just put scrap pieces of wood around the edges for a “seal” after I placed the bowl of ammonia in. This piece didn’t get as dark as most, but they usually get as dark as they’re going to in about 24 hours. Depends on the amount of tannin in the wood.

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#6 posted 12-05-2010 02:16 AM

That is one nice table.


-- 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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#7 posted 12-05-2010 02:24 AM

Great Mission table, looks perfect. More pics of this beauty would have been fun to look at.

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

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#8 posted 12-05-2010 02:33 AM

I agree with everyone else Beautiful work !! I also am a big fan of this style of furniture .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 12-05-2010 03:10 AM

First rate work, love the fuming color and especially the QSWO…”Mission” accomplished…BC

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#10 posted 12-05-2010 03:22 AM

Lovely piece.

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 03:29 AM

Nice nice nice very cool tableTim, so well done

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 12-05-2010 05:00 AM

I like the tennons that stick through on your stretchers. I am going to have to do that on a future project as they are very classy. I’ve thought of doing a mission piece, but all the spindles scare me.

On the ammonia fuming, is that a similar chemical reaction to ebonizing? It seems to go a little easier on the darkening, which might be nice for something like walnut where you want just a little bit more darkening.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#13 posted 12-05-2010 05:35 AM

Hard to miss with styling, materials and craftsmanship come together like this! Well done! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 12-05-2010 05:53 AM

Another very nice piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 12-05-2010 05:58 AM

Nice table, I love the style. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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