QSWO End Tables with Hidden Drawers

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Project by dustysawyer posted 01-11-2012 10:51 PM 2702 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a couple of end tables to go with an antique drop front desk that houses my computer but doesn’t provide room for the speakers. Thanks to Elwood89 for the inspiration of hidden (apron front) drawers. First attempt at shop made dovetail guides (learned some things about fitting like if you sand down the tail, you have to sand down the pin – duh!) First attempt at mortise and tenon joinery (leaned that a HF mortiser guide stop will slip with enough pressure – almost ended up making through tenons :-) I looked into fuming the white oak but, after reading about the variable results, decided to go with General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain which turned out to be a pretty good match. Final finish is 3 coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly Clear Satin. Last picture shows the frumpy make shift logs the tables replaced. Now I get to mill those sugar maple stumps and hope for some interesting spalting!

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 12:21 AM

Very nice. Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 12:28 AM

Beautiful pieces, great grain, traditional look – an instant classic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 03:55 AM

Such top notch work what beautiful pieces the finish really makes them pop. Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 09:30 PM

Beautiful; nice work, and the finish does indeed match the desk very well.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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