Walnut / Curly Maple End Tables

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Project by Weaver posted 01-11-2012 12:24 AM 5499 views 26 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these to go along with my maple butcher block coffee table…
Walnut with curly maple tops and slatted shelf.
Drawer boxes are maple as well.
All mortice and tenon.
Finished with Danish oil, poly, and a nice coat of Johnson’s wax.

Wife is pleased… mostly that there will be no sawing or sanding in the basement for a few days.

-- Ken, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 12:33 AM

They look great, be glad you get to keep them! I can’t wait to make furniture for my own house. Now that I’m learning how to spot the well made stuff, the Rooms-to-Go junk in my place makes me twitchy just looking at it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 01:01 AM

Really came out nice, good job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 01:43 AM

Love them. The contrasting colors are great!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 02:47 AM

Nice contrast and beautiful work!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 03:44 AM

These are wonderful end tables Ken ,I really like your choice of wood and design.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 04:58 AM

beautiful coloring…are you worried about expansion and contraction in time on the drawer slides locking it up?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 06:02 AM

These are beautiful! I’d like to build one very similar, what are the dimensions of the tops and the legs?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 01:18 PM

Nice looking tables. The contrasting woods look great.

-- 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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#9 posted 01-11-2012 02:29 PM

I love the look of contrasting wood species. Walnut/Maple is an even better combination than Cherry/Maple. Very nice looking tables

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 02:37 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. I’m very pleased with these… They are only my 5th project and the second for my home.

Also, very stoked this am when i saw my project on the front page… feels like Steve Martin in The Jerk… “the new phone books are here…. I am somebody.”

Viking: I used figure 8 table top fasteners to attach the top to the frame… and there is a little bit of play in there. I actually had to use 1/4 inch ply shims and some felt to center the drawers on the slides. Hopefully, any movement of the wood will be taken care of with the fasteners, but time will tell. If not, something for me to adjust later… made it easy on myself… i can just switch out the shims, and not have to actually alter the piece.

Lukie: The legs are 2”x 2.5” and 22”. top is just shy of 1” thick bringing entire piece to 22” tall. tops are 25” x 19.5”. I came up with these dimensions after extensive research = measuring the ones i was replacing and my wife telling me how tall she wanted them.

-- Ken, Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 02:57 PM

These are beautiful tables! Really nice wood selection.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 03:06 PM

Great work, the contrast really takes these to the next level. Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 03:44 PM

Wow I love these.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 11:30 PM

I like the stopped leg corner enhancements. Just finished a couple of ETs and wish I would have thought of that.

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#15 posted 01-11-2012 11:31 PM

Hey, great job Ken!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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