New End Table

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Project by KenBry posted 11-30-2011 03:58 AM 1710 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You could call this my first furniture project. I built an end table back in High school 27 years ago. But since then I had only made some pens on my Lathe. What got me going was the wife wanted some new furniture. We went shopping and Discovered there was very little we liked or that was unique in our price range. She taunted me saying “You can make us something can’t you?”. I of course am not one to refuse a challenge. I also used this to learn allot of the tools I have been buying over the last year.

So here is the low down:
The top is Claro Walnut, Hard Maple and the center piece is Wenge. The parts are all tied together with 3/8” walnut dowels to help keep the cross grain expansion issues under control. All said and done the top has 20 dowels. It’s just a hair over 3/4” thick.

The legs are Poplar, three pieces glued face to face then trimmed to my final size of 2” square.

The side rails are mortise and tenoned into the legs and are made of Beech.

The bottom shelf is a Poplar panel that I glued up from 3/4” X 3” pieces. (What I had on hand) The panel is flush trimmed to the side rails, front face and rear rail.

The drawers are made from 3”x 3/4” maple with through dovetails joining them together. The bottom panel of the drawers is a 1/4” thick piece of birch ply. The face piece is attached and is 3/4” thick Wenge. The Handles are available at Rockler

The finish on the top and drawer fronts is Arm R seal Gloss

The base is dyed with India ink and has Arm R Seal Satin.

Yeas, I made a bunch of mistakes and learned from allot of them. This web site has been a valuable tool to ask some of my stupid questions. Thanks to you folks for the help.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 11:13 AM

Very nice table, great finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 11:24 PM

I thank you for your comment, I was honestly hoping for more feedback from my fellow woodworkers. Since this was my first piece of furniture I was looking for feedback positive or negative. Kinda bummed that only 1 comment has been left.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 12:26 AM

The table looks nice, I like how the India ink worked out. In photo 3, the table top finish does not look smooth, or is that a lighting artifact? The coloring contrast is nice, but I’m not so sure the drawer handles (which appear to be a cool color) go with the top (warm colors). Also, in the photos, the drawer fronts really stand out with the gloss finish: to the distraction of the eye from the top. But what really matters is: does the wife like it? Good learning piece!

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 01:08 PM

Nice piece with good dimensions. The finish came out great.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 01:26 PM

Nice table. I really like the top. The base looks good. I may have give India ink a try one day.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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