Cherry and Walnut tables

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Project by George M posted 04-15-2011 11:38 PM 1617 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After hanging around here for a while, I decided it was time to post a project. Since this is my latest, it will be my first one to post.

I needed a coffee table and end table for my family room. This is what I came up with. I will be doing a large dining room table soon so I wanted to practice “breadboard ends”.

The wood is Cherry and Walnut. Normally I would not stain Cherry, but I need these to match some other items in the room. I used blotch control which worked well. I also decided to try dye rather than stain. That was a real challenge. I don’t know if it was how I applied it or because it was Cherry wood, but I struggled with it. Ended up sanding both tops down after the first staining. The dye dried too quickly and wiping seemed to make it uneven. The second time I misted the top before applying the dye. That seemed to help. I don’t know if I will use dye again though.

I don’t know if you can see in picture 6, but the breadboard end is out past the table by about 1/64”. When I built it in the shop, those edges were sanded completely even. Bringing in to my solarium to finish caused the table itself to shrink by that much – which shows why breadboard ends should be used on solid wood tops. I believe when I have it in my humidified family room the edges will again become even.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 01:05 AM

I like it! The contrasting woods make these pieces really stand out. The coasters are a nice touch as well. I’m building a drafting table and breadboard ends are called for…this will be a new thing for me. Hope mine come out as well as your tables.

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 05:02 AM

Looks super George

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 03:41 PM

Mickey – It sure proved the benefits of breadboard ends to me. After sitting in my house now for a few days, the table has expanded back to meet the breadboard ends.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 04:44 PM

Looks great, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 04:22 PM

Very nice job. I like the angle on the bottom edge of the apron.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 08:17 PM

Thanks all,

Dan, that is not an angle on the bottom of the apron. It is a strip of walnut to match the tops.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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