Side Table in Cherry and Maple

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Project by tomfidgen posted 03-01-2008 01:54 AM 2790 views 29 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Reflecting the Shaker influence but displaying an original modern interpretation, this side table will complement any decor. Made from solid Cherry and Birds Eye Maple it features hand cut joinery that will last for generations. I chose a hand rubbed oil and varnish mixture for the finish, it brings out the wood grain without adding too much gloss. I use a safe, non-toxic finish from a small company out of New York. Tried & True Traditional Oil and Varnish finish is a combination of highly refined polymerized linseed oil and natural-resin varnish (modified pine sap). Its high resin content produces a durable water-resistant finish that buffs to a warm semi-gloss sheen. It strictly adheres to the standards established by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and qualifies as non-toxic and safe for food-contact surfaces in both their uncured and cured (wet and dry) states. The hardware I chose for the piece are delicate cast iron pulls that have a nice traditional look. The table top really jumps out with it’s wide panels and blond ribbon across the center. This piece I believe is one that would work well in a formal setting as well as perhaps as an entry table. The five drawers make for ample storage in a reletively small foot print.
The dimensions are : Depth: 22” Width: 39” Height: 30”

-- tom fidgen,

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 02:11 AM


Stunning piece! Love the modern interpretation of a familiar form and the scale of the whole piece. Gotta love those hand cut half blind dovetails. Going to add this to my favorites.

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 02:14 AM

Tom a great design and interpretation on your part. A stunning piece of furniture.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 02:15 AM

Unbelievable! Your craftsmanship and attention to detail are outstanding.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 03:29 AM

Beautiful piece. I’ve been looking at a similar piece that has turned legs…I wanted to do the tapered legs though just like this…great piece. Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 03:36 AM

Very inspirational work. The wood tones and hardware go great together. And the hand joinery…. definitely give me something to aspire towards. Great project.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#6 posted 03-01-2008 03:37 AM

Nice job! It really looks good with that sunlight on it.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-01-2008 03:42 AM

very nice. I love it.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 03-01-2008 03:43 AM

Beautiful work- really captured a true shaker piece. The drawer construction is excellent!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 04:15 AM

Beautiful! Love the wood selection and the hand cut joinery. Definitely a favorite and on my list of must build pieces. Did you build it from any plans?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#10 posted 03-01-2008 05:28 AM

This table is beautiful. Cherry and maple are a favorite combination of mine.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#11 posted 03-01-2008 06:06 AM

Tom; this piece is spectacular. Quite eye-catching, very intriguing. I love the overhang on the top and the drawer proportions. Good show!

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#12 posted 03-01-2008 08:08 AM

You are quite a craftsman. I think that I have become a fan of your work. You obviously take a lot of pride in the pieces that you produc. Good addition to LumberJocks.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 03-01-2008 03:30 PM

All I can say is CLEAN. Great lines and perfect execution, congratulations.

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#14 posted 03-01-2008 03:47 PM

Tom, what a great piece. Well designed and everything done with perfection. Love the look of the maple with the cherry. I’ve heard of the T&T finish and saw a video, from one the the many sites I go to…FWW maybe…on one of the big guys who uses it exclusively. Does provide a very nice finish. Can you post a picture of just the top? Can’t see what it really looks like here and I’d love to see it. Great piece of work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#15 posted 03-01-2008 03:49 PM

yes, clean is the right word. definitely a peaceful shaker quality about it. also reminds me of garrett hack’s work. very nice job.

-- Greg, CT

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