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Quarter sawn White oak Bedside Table

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Project by Speednork posted 04-02-2011 03:32 AM 2123 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a quarter sawn White Oak bedside table I made for a wedding present. I used hard maple for the drawer box with Blum Tandem drawer slides with Blumotion ( I love these slides ). This was my first attempt with fuming and I am overwhelmed with the results. I will be offering this speciality finish from now on.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 04:33 AM

Very nice table : )

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 05:47 AM

Interesting… First, let me say your workmanship looks good, even spacing on the inset draw, rather then a face drawer – and the rest of the work looks like tight joints. Now to ruffle a few feathers (after reading a thread in the “wood” section of these forums about OAK), I like your choice off wood. Oak got a beating, but I like it and your work speaks well for oak. Oak does have open spores, but that is what wood is all about. The patterns in oak speak well of this feature and you used it quite well – I like the mixture of dark and light oak texture in your project. Rather then trying to hide the grain differences and matching the patterns, you chose to display the differences. In the old text book true meaning of the word… that makes you a “romantic”. As for the open grain issue… everyone to their own preferences. It’s like sanding. Some folks like to sand their wood into a plastic look by using 220 – 400 + grit. I like to machine sand up to 150 grit, dampen (not wet) my work which brings out the imperfections of your work. I sand out these flaws using 180 grit and human power. Nice job Speednork!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 06:38 AM

Thanks Bernie. To be honest, in my past life as a custom cabinet maker, I made so many things out of Oak I really try to avoid it as much as I can. This project was requested in oak and the rest was up to me. I ordered some nice QS White Oak and started the build. I had the intention of staining this to the requested color until the notion hit me to fume it. If I had of thought of it sooner I would have arranged the sap wood just a little different because I knew it would stand out more than with stain.

Thanks for the kind words.

BTW you live in a beautiful state. We go to NH and ME every couple of years to visit family.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 01:54 PM

Nice job, great looking table!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 05:42 PM

Great looking table! Love the bottom shelf/tray area. Good design feature for book lovers. Beautiful finish.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 07:52 PM

Although stain would have made it look more “uniform” , I much prefer this custom look instead : )
Being an amateur woodworker , I really enjoy the character seen here versus the bland look of mass produced furniture.
A former Dentist of mine had all of his office and waiting room furniture made from Cherry with sapwood nearly as predominate as the heartwood….needless to say , I enjoyed every visit there : )

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 02:36 AM

What are the dimensions of the table? I am currently working on drawing up my own version of an arts and crafts nightstand and am having problems deciding on the proper size. That fuming turned out awesome! Work well done.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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