Quarter Sawn Oak End table

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Project by Luke posted 06-06-2011 03:11 AM 5252 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made from a plan trio that I purchased from Rockler. It included end table, coffee table, and hall table. I first made the coffee table from standard red oak and it was very sturdy and beautiful, so while at the lumber yard some time later, I decided to pick up some quarter-sawn white oak for the end table. This is my first time working with quarter-sawn entirely. It is very stable and easy to work with. Not a lot of warping, bowing and cupping to deal with. I made the legs quadra-linear quarter-sawn as well. That was really fun to try out. It’s all traditional joinery with regular and through tenons. The only screws in the piece are holding the top to the stretchers. I finished it with arm-r-seal semi-gloss wipe on, four coats, sanding in between each with 400 grit. Photos taken with an iphone 4.

Thanks for looking!

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 03:24 AM

I have the same plans from Rockler and am going to build them all this winter.

How did you make your mortises? They look good. Any tricks on making the thru mortises?


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#2 posted 06-06-2011 03:25 AM

Wonderful table. I sure would like to get my hands on some quarter sawn wood. Real lumber yards are more than a few hours drive from me. Someday, someday.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 03:29 AM

I have a bench-top JET mortiser. I just backed up the legs with a sacrificial piece and went straight through. Then cleaned them up with a chisel. Yeah wolf, the wood was pretty expensive.

-- LAS,

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 03:37 AM

Great looking table! It looks way nicer than the picture on Rockler’s website. How did you color the wood? Also, where did you get that QSWO? I’m also on the east side of Atlanta, and I’m always curious where others are finding nice looking wood.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 04:09 AM

There’s suwannee hardwoods in suwannee. But I purchased this at Hardwoods Incorporated on the other side of atlanta right off 285 in Mableton, That place is well worth the drive. They have everything. I put a coat of the semi on first off to seal in the rays. Then sanded really well to open up the rest of the wood. Then put on a coat of dark stain. Let that dry then started the normal clear coat finishing steps. That first clear coat and subsequent sanding is the most important part. Ammonia fuming would be much better but I didn’t take the time.

-- LAS,

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 05:11 AM

A note for Mr. C-Plus-Woodworker on mortises,
Try to make your mortises from the outside. That way, any chipout will occur on the inside face which will be covered by the shoulder of the tenon board.

Luke- Great job on the table. Nice work on the through tenons. QS oak is so fun to work. I kiln dried some this spring, and was pleased that none of it cupped or warped. It is definately known for being more dimentionally stable than flat sawn wood.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 07:21 AM

I have a plan in my head and now I have the lumber and tools. Beautiful job.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 02:52 PM

Great looking table congrats to you!

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

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 03:36 PM

Thanks for the info. I’ve been to Suwanee Lumber, which is where I got the QSWO for this, but I still need to visit Hardwoods Inc in Mableton.

I’m very intrigued by your method. I have never tried putting on semigloss before staining, but it sounds like it’ll be fun experimenting.

Thanks again.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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