Cherry 'Air' Table - No metal in this piece!

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Project by Damien posted 12-14-2011 07:52 PM 2313 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most recent project. This is a solid cherry table, with no metal of any sort. Even the handle is hand shaped cherry. There are many different joints that I got to play with, from dovetails, half lap joints, mortise and tenon etc. etc. This was also my first time building and using a steamer to bend the wood for the accents beneath the drawer.

I was inspired to make this hall or side table very light and airy. Most of the stock is 1/2 inch, except the top which is 3/4. It was very fun to start, but I’ll admit it did start dragging on and on. I broke 5 of my major tools (coincidence) during this project so that slowed things down, ordering parts.

In the end it was so worth it. I look forward to finding the right home for this table!

I’m finding it difficult to photograph this piece, since the camera has trouble with the 3rd dimension that is so critical to distinguish where each part is and how it flows.

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 08:09 PM

very your design

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 01:25 AM

Outstanding, great color and design.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 08:28 AM

This is AWESOME. Great design and nicely done!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 07:08 PM

That is a georgeous piece and an excellant design.

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 08:21 PM


A superb pesentation.

Am very much interested in steam bending; any chance of seeing your steamer or pointing us toward your inspiration for your particular steamer build?

Any info is genuinely appreciated.


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#6 posted 12-16-2011 01:04 AM

Love it! Clean lines. Excellent fit / finish. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 06:38 AM

This definitely makes my list – for about three years from now. Great design, great execution.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 07:18 AM

Thank you for the kind comments, folks.


I don’t have a picture of my steamer setup, but it is ‘ghetto’ at best. I used the brad nailer and 3/4” plywood to make a box about 6 feet long, with a 4 inch inside diameter. One end was capped shut and the other had a hinged cap on it to slide the pieces in.

On the other end, I just took a basic Tea Pot and put it on an electric hotplate. I ran heavy plastic tubing from the tea pot to the plywood box.

I put the hot plate on the ground, and the box angled up on top of a garbage can. This kept the steam going uphill the whole time all the way out the hinged end.

It takes forever to get water to come to a rolling boil on a hot plate, so it’s easier to get it boiling on my stove, then bring it out onto the steaming rig.

Also need to make sure that any pieces you are steaming are up off the base of the box using little pieces of scrap wood. I used about 1.5 hours for these small pieces.

Also, make sure you use plywood, since I tried using a piece of pine for one of the walls of the box, and it cupped and started pulling the nails, haha!

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 06:12 PM

Very creative. It looks like it was a fun project. Excellent outcome.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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