Cherry Occasional Table

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Project by Norman1 posted 1005 days ago 1868 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Tim Rousseau, John McAlevey, and Robert McSwegin from the Center for Furniture Craftmanship for the advise, guidance, and mentorship during the design and build of this table.

This table is similar to another table that I made this summer but with several significant improvements thanks to my friends listed above. The table is constructed of solid cherry with frame and panel door and back panel. The drawers are half blind hand cut dovetails for the faces and through dovetails for the backs. I sprayed the piece with light golden oak dye followed by a sealing coat of vinyl sealer to lock in the first coat of color. I then hand rubbed burnt umber glaze and top coated the piece with three coats of spraying lacquer. After 200 hours of lacquer hardening I did a complete rub out to 4000 grit followed by a light coating of wax hand buffed give the piece a nice smooth and soft touch.

Special thanks to Peter Korn and the Center for Furniture Craftmanship for creating a school and environment that provide encouragement, inspiration, and top quality instruction for students of all levels.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 1005 days ago

that’s a realy nice table!

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#2 posted 1005 days ago

I really like the handles, great idea

-- Norman

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#3 posted 1005 days ago

Beautiful job.
Clean lines and crisp design.
The grain is nice and the finish is too.
Pleasing to the eyes.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1004 days ago

Great finish. The table just glows!

-- John's miniature woodworking tools

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#5 posted 1004 days ago

That’s how it’s done, first class work.

-- All about wood..

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#6 posted 1003 days ago

That is really wonderful. Thanks for posting and for the great photos and description.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#7 posted 1003 days ago

Very nice Norman

-- Life is good.

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#8 posted 1003 days ago

Beautiful table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1001 days ago

Beautiful table and really like the dovetail keyed pulls…really cool idea.

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#10 posted 935 days ago

A wonderful example for anybody to follow.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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