Cherry side table

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Project by mjlauro posted 2394 days ago 1174 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first table. I think it came out Ok. It was also the first time I had to taper a leg. So I had to learn that, which is good. I turned the draw pull and secured it with a wedge. Flattening the top and beveling the edge was a challenge, I also did all the roundovers by hand. That was my favorite part, I really don’t enjoy using a router, to loud. The mortises were all chopped by hand, a time consuming process, but again I enjoy the quiet time in the shop.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 2394 days ago

tell us more … there is always a story

what kind of wood ?

what is the finish ?

where did you get the design ?

I like it ! what does the top look like ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 2394 days ago

Very nice! And good job on the pull.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#3 posted 2394 days ago

That is an excellent job for a first table!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2394 days ago

Great job! The first is always the hardest. The rest are downhill.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2394 days ago

This is an good job no matter how many tables you have done. With this being your first table this piece is excellent. Cherry is my favorite wood with which to work. I, like Dan, would like to know how you finished the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 2394 days ago

Thanks for sharing Mjlauro. Welcome to Lumberjocks. Try ear muffs with the router, works a treat. I have mine on now. What’s that you said, can’t hear you.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 2394 days ago

welcome to lj’s !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 2394 days ago

That is a nice looking table. Considering it is your first, it’s even better.

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#9 posted 2394 days ago

Sweet little table. Looks like the joinery is tight. Good job MJ.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#10 posted 2394 days ago

Nice table, great job

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 2394 days ago

Very nice little table. Nicely executed. I love the design and cherry is always a winner.

Welcome to LJs,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 2394 days ago

Thanks for all the postive feedback. I was looking for a site like this, I feel right at home. I have yet to learn how to finish a piece properly. So , I normally use danish oil to finish all of my projects. However, I was fresh out when this was done. I decided to use boiled linseed. I have a whole can I want to finish. I would love a good recipe for finishing.

Dan, I didn’t have a set of plans really, I used an advertisement for a dominoe and substituted the joinery. I think it was in woodcraft mag, or pop. woodworking. I have seen plenty of pictures of these tables and thought the design and style would be a good way to get started.

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John's Woodshop

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#13 posted 2394 days ago

You did an excellent job on the table, I think it turned out great!


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#14 posted 2365 days ago

Good job! Keep up the good work!

-- Mark

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#15 posted 2307 days ago

Sweet table! Are those pinned mortice and tenons? Well done—if you want, we can probably expound on different finish recipes—it seems that most have a favorite. Excellent job!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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