Mission Style End Table

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Project by NateX posted 11-10-2011 03:43 AM 2582 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this table with every intention of making a small night-stand for my sons room. This is my first real piece of furniture, I have made a couple book cases, chess boards, and a few butchers block cutting boards but building a real honest-to-goodness table was a first for me.

I wanted to make something in the mission style since I had a lot of scrap oak laying around. Everything but the top was salvaged from landfills and fire places. The sides and front were from an old electrician’s ladder, the legs were some white oak that had been used as a pallet base, and the bottom shelf was some oak pallet wood used to ship HEPA filters. I cut the knob from an oak table leg that was literally pulled out of a firewood pile. I left the iron stains in because I wanted some reminder of the woods former life. There were large nail holes in the bottom shelf that I filled with 1/8 dowel and trimmed flat that blend in pretty well with their iron stain accents.

The top is quarter sawn red oak I picked up at a local lumber yard. I have never seen curly oak before and thought I would try it out. I was able to match the figure up really nicely and ended up with a really beautiful top.

The joinery for the sides and lower stretchers is mortise and tenon. My father in law picked up a harbor freight mortiser at a garage sale for $40. I suppose the tool and ample free time due to recent unemployment really inspired the build. The bargain mortiser works well enough to make square holes, sometimes even where you want them!

The drawer was my first attempt at hand cutting half blind dove tails, they came out ok but with some ugly gaps. I used a crown backsaw which may be replaced come Christmas. I finished the whole thing with Watco Danish Oil in the dark walnut variety. It was not particularly dark but in the end I like the look. I screwed the top on with pocket screw technology, and voila, a table!

I don’t know what you might call the style really, I think of it as a mission inspired take on shaker design, but I am a bit partial :).

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 04:07 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 05:43 AM

Rustic… Functional. nice.

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 05:46 AM

Nicely Done.


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#4 posted 11-10-2011 05:53 AM

Great looking first table I like the look of recycled wood.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 06:14 AM

I’m not sure if I believe this is your first attempt at cutting something out and calling it your first real piece of furniture. From your collection of wood, your sense of what holds value, I suspect that you are not “new” at this ?

In the event I am wrong, I would continue down this woodworking path, for some, it can be rewarding : )

Nicely done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 06:54 AM

Moron: Correct, I would not say that I am a novice, I have 2 sturdy plywood bookcases with trim and molding around the top. I have built 4 solid wood chess boards and boxes for the pieces. I also have made 5 large butcher block cutting boards (wood whisperer specials). Plus I have the luxury of a father in law with a full blown shop and carte blanche to make whatever I want, not to mention his expert opinion and years of experience to draw on. The guy worked as a carpenter in a cabinet shop in his 20’s, if I have a question he has a tool and an answer.

I watched a lot of videos by Mark Spagnuolo, Rob Bois, Shannon Rogers, that crazy mere mortals guy, and others whenever I was about to undertake a new procedure.I ave been trolling around here reading about how other people built stuff for a while now. I bought a copy of Bob Flexner’s book: Finishing Fundamentals after having to strip and refinish a book case 3 times, both of which taught me a lot about finishing. I cut a lot of practice dovetails, and while not perfect, they are getting better. I had cut, milled, and built stuff from lots of different kinds of woods. I had an idea what I was getting into.

This is what I would consider my first piece of furniture, not just a case or a flat board. I learned a lot and can’t wait for another excuse to build something!

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 07:50 AM

I Like it! I is Rustic but ordered. Neat and tidy. Well done!

-- 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 11-10-2011 08:43 PM

That is nice.

-- Mark C.

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 12:33 AM

With all the recycling that table has a great story to tell, love that wood on the top.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 11-11-2011 05:45 AM

Very nice.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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