Cherry End Table

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Project by Kipster posted 03-14-2008 09:43 PM 1904 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was built to pay interest on a loan from my sister for new shop tools. I’ll post those later.

The cherry was from a local mill. It had a spalted look to it that intriuged me so I used it for the table top and drawer fronts. I hope the pictures reveal the look. The next 3 tables to match are 2/3rd’s completed. I have learned a lot about processing multiple projects or batch process during the project and I have a lot more to learn. Its finished with 3 coats of Sam Maloof’s finish smoothing with 000 steel wool between coats. The legs represents the most time spent on the project and turned on one of the new tools. My sister LOVES it.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#1 posted 03-14-2008 09:57 PM

Looks pretty cool. Is that purpleheart I see in the drawer knobs?

-- 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 03-14-2008 10:29 PM

Great looking table. That wood is spectacular. Nice turning on your new lathe.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-14-2008 11:49 PM

Hi Kip,

I really enjoy working with cherry. You did well on this project and I am sure that your sister is enjoying her table. To be honest with you she got a bargain out of the deal (not that you didn’t come out too badly yourself).

The finish looks good as well.

Gary posed the question I was going to ask.

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 12:39 AM

Hi Kip

Beautiful table. I can see why your sister loved it.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 03:25 AM

Thanks for the encouragement guys I enjoy working on these tables and feels good to share them with fellow woodworkers.

The drawer knobs are some old mahogany knobs left over from some project in the past I no longer remember. I did turn a bead on the edge and used dye to give the two toned effect. My sister has spent 30 yrs. of her life as an Artist in San Fransisco and suggested the purplish color would look good with the cherry and the dark color helped bring out contrast.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 10:34 AM

Great work. I do like the turned legs, and the drawer pulls.

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 03:46 AM

Thats a nice table. The grain in the cherry is awesome! I love it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 05-18-2008 03:33 AM

Thats a real nice table.

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#9 posted 05-28-2008 05:16 PM

We have a family table (passed through generations) that is very similar to yours—the biggest difference is that the drawer fronts are made from maple! I love the simplicity of the Shaker designs (spent 6 years living not too far from Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.)

Well done! Was this your design?

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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John Gray

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#10 posted 05-28-2008 05:24 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 06-01-2008 03:49 AM

Texasgahoot, I got the design from the table book published a few years ago by Fine woodworking or Tuaton press. Its on the front of the book.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#12 posted 07-02-2008 01:12 AM

OK, you’ve REALLY got me motivated now. I can feel a box of some sort coming on. I’m going to go start measuring up now.

Do you still dabble in electronics Kip?

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#13 posted 07-09-2008 01:39 AM

Kip, Nice table. I am finishing up a shaker end table made from cherry myself. I didn’t turn the legs but tapered them instead. I like yours better!

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#14 posted 07-27-2008 08:29 PM

Great looking table.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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