end table for livingroom

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Project by cabinetmaker2 posted 02-15-2008 04:26 PM 1885 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this I made for my wife last week, I made it to match the coffee table I made her 9 years ago. the top is Mahogany and banded with oak, the top lifts off for hidden storage place, the drawer inside is Butternut, the drawer front is butternut with mahogany overlay, legs are oak, and the sides are butternut. I like to mix my woods whenever I can. The finish is poly 4 coats sanding between coats, then paste wax another 3 times…

-- Mark, Hancock Maine,

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 04:56 PM

Outstanding job, I started learning to make tables a couple of weeks ago(my first is posted). I would like to incorporate some form of inlay or banding on my next. Also I would like to make the draw front proud and not flush with the front. Any tips? One quick question, did you turn the legs? If so , great job!! I love the piece anyway.

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 04:58 PM

Does the top lift off trivially, or is there any “hidden” access control (like a pin or dowel to (re)move)?


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#3 posted 02-15-2008 05:28 PM

Beautiful table! That hidden storage area is a great feature, too.

mjlauro: I don’t know if this is what you’re asking, but the easiest way to make a proud drawer front is to construct a four-sided drawer first, then attach the front to it seperately.

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

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#4 posted 02-15-2008 06:02 PM

mjlauro; I turned the first leg, then used my copy attachment to do the other 3, as far as the draw front goes, charlie answered it for me, and it is very easy. another way is on a router table with a key hole cutter bit, but that is much harder and looks better, but who looks at the inside of a drawer, besides another woodworker…

Ben; the top just lifts off for now, been looking for bullet magnets strong enough to hold the top down if lifted , I know they make them, just have to find them when I have the time. But am open to any ideas,,,
the storage area was an afterthought, just seemed like alot of space to waste…

-- Mark, Hancock Maine,

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#5 posted 02-15-2008 06:22 PM

Great looking table! I like the hidden compartment.

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

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Marco Cecala

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 06:24 PM

Made it last week? Looks like a lot of hours to build that. How much time do you have in it?

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 07:03 PM

I have around 24 man hrs invested, not counting time watching the glue dry….

-- Mark, Hancock Maine,

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 08:41 PM

This is a nice looking table. I am surprised that your wife waited 9 years to get it but good craftmanship can’t be rushed.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 02-15-2008 09:00 PM

This is really nice. Really interesting idea for the hidden storage.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 01:36 AM

Charlie, thanks for the answer. It sounds so simple I can’t believe I never read anything on the subject, or just thought of it myself.

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#11 posted 02-16-2008 05:34 AM

nice looking piece. it came out very nice. was it influenced by SHAKER ? the turned legs look very nice.

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

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#12 posted 12-04-2008 05:11 AM

Thats a nice end.

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