Door and a Drawer

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Project by Lakey posted 03-05-2008 12:05 AM 2140 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an end table I designed to fullfill the “case piece” assignment in a class, where the parameters were “it has to have a door and a drawer.”

The carcase is maple, the legs cherry, door insets are soft maple, drawer bird’s eye maple veneer. Fun project – thanks for looking.

It is finished with super-blonde shellac and Liberon paste wax.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 12:19 AM

Pretty nice job. Good looking veneer.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 12:20 AM


Very nice work. I particularly like the exposed endgrain in the top. Is this piece finished?

Also, what sort of class requires this kind of work?


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#3 posted 03-05-2008 12:40 AM


Thanks for the kind words. If by “finished” you mean done, yes it is. I forgot to say that it is finished with a couple of light coats of shellac and wax on the maple, and an oil varnish on the legs. I’m not particularly happy with the finish, and one of these days (you know how that goes) I’ll sand it down and re-do the shellac.

The class was a 12-week intensive course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Let me know if you want to hear more about it.


-- "No Board Left Behind"

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

wow that looks nice. i can’t wait to see it finished.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-05-2008 01:11 AM


This is a nice looking table. Cherry and maple are my favorite wood combination. This is a unique design.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2008 01:29 AM

Thats a very nice table and real nice lookin veneer. I really love that exposed end grain as well. Does the legs on the side of the table have bolts going through them? I can’t get close enough to get a detailed view. :p How did you like that school?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#7 posted 03-05-2008 01:37 AM

“Mx” -

Yes, the legs have big ol’ lag bolts through them, right into the case. The school is great – best three months of my life – they teach like they mean it, and you learn as much as you want to.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#8 posted 03-05-2008 03:14 AM

Lakey, I would love to hear as much as you’re willing to tell, regarding your experience. I actually posed a generic question about this topic a few days ago, here:

Frankly, I’ve spent a large chunk of my night so far reading as much as I can find about various schools… but first hand reports are always the best.


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#9 posted 03-05-2008 03:36 AM

I was intrested in that school a few months ago. Do they offer a degree or just a certificate?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#10 posted 03-05-2008 03:56 AM

Lakey, This is very precised work and also bird eye picture of drawers front looks beautiful.

-- Libris, South Korea

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#11 posted 03-05-2008 03:44 PM

Hey Ben (and whomever else is interested),

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is great. They offer several programs: a 12 week intensive, a nine month comprehensive, and many many two-week workshops during the summer. Although the school does not offer a degree, applicants are eligible for Federal student loan assistance. I can’t say enough about the quality of the programs. The workshops are enormous, consisting of a roomy bench room with twelve European-style benches, and a fully-outfitted machine room that is, again, huge. There is a full-time facilities manager, so all of the equipment is in top-notch condition, and students are taught important maintenance skills as well.

Instructors come from all over the world – the likes of John Fox, Craig Stevens, Kevin Rodel, David Upfill Brown, Garrett Hack, Phillip Lowe, Teri Masachi, etc. The curricula are well thought out and stricktly adhered to. Students in the 9-month program also build a booth and take their work to the Philadelphia Furniture Show every year

Check out their web site at I believe the school is on par with any in the country. I’ve never regretted the expense or the time. If you have specific questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.


-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#12 posted 03-05-2008 04:39 PM

Very cool “door and drawer” project :).

There seem to be abundant resources for woodworking learning on the east coast. That really sounds like a great program you’re in, after browsing their site.

-- Robb

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#13 posted 03-11-2008 10:25 PM

I was reading something about rudeness and figured I’d check out your projects. Very nice. That school sounds very interesting. If you ever get around to it I like to read a blog on your experience. I see some nice design work in that piece!

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 10:57 PM

I’m with Dennis.

Very nice piece. I really like the design. At first the legs looked too chunky, but I got used to them right quickly. Very nice. (The bolt thing has me, though. ? )


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 03-13-2008 07:41 PM

Beautiful piece! I like the through leg/tennon showing in the top. Nice work


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