Cherry end table

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Project by Woodworker123 posted 03-09-2011 10:50 PM 2477 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second or third woodworking project, the first that I’m not too embarrassed to post. It was made during the advanced woodworking course at my local community college.

It consists of all cherry, except the drawer bottom may be mahogany plywood, I can’t remember. The joinery is mortise and tenon and through dovetails (front and back).

The finish is Deft danish oil (natural untinted) applied using a method told to me by my instructor Michael Colca (awesome guy!), and I used Gary Week's instructions to jog my memory.

These photos were taken shortly after applying the last coat of danish oil, it has darkened in the few months since then. I am waiting a couple of more months to see how dark it goes, at which time I’ll try to remember to take some more photos.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this table. I’m quite proud of it, but at the same time, it really isn’t my style. I suppose I’ll end up giving it to a friend or family member.

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 11:09 PM

It’s very nice. I’m currently building a similar one. How did you approach the drawer guides, as that is something that’s perplexing me a bit. I think I’ll do top & rear wooden guides that are tenoned into the front leg & notched into the rear leg. I’m not confident enough with hand-cutting mortises not to have some option for adjustment. At any rate, very nice table & I like the visible throughs on the front.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 01:31 AM

Really likeable. The front of the top treatment, the in-your-face dovetails and the casual shelf are ‘honest’.


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#3 posted 03-10-2011 01:48 AM


Bertha, sent you a PM about the joinery.

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 03:15 AM

To Stephen, I like that, “honest”; that’s perfect verbage for what I was looking to say. Honest piece.
To Jack, thanks for the PM. I really appreciate you taking the time. Keep cutting!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 04:03 AM

Nice twist.

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 06:41 AM

Nice end table.

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 07:37 AM

Nice work!

I plan to take the intermediate course at the Round Rock campus this Summer—let’s see if I can work it into the schedule. Have heard great things about Michael and his class.

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