Bow-Front End Table

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Project by ChuckV posted 832 days ago 1889 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this end table using a plan from Woodsmith. This was my first real break from the “rectilinear world”. For that part, I am glad that I had the plan.

The cherry is from a batch that I bought last year on CraigsList. I bought about 110 bf that was all from the same tree. It was good to have a thick chunk for the legs and the bowed drawer fronts. Here, you can see how I laid out the legs in order for them to be rift sawn, which I believe is also referred to as “bastard grain”.

Here are some of the components and then the main glue-up.

Here are the resulting drawer openings.

This is what the drawer fronts looked like before trimming and cutting on the band saw.

I finished the table with Danish Oil, dewaxed shellac and satin polyurethane.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#1 posted 832 days ago

Wow, that is a sweet table!! It will surely be a family heirloom!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 832 days ago

Very sweet table ideal for the bedroom. I could see two of them i.e one either side of my bed.ERR Bronwen reminded me I meant our bed.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 832 days ago

Very nice looking table. Nice attention to detail to orient the legs to get rift sawn grain. The finish on the cherry looks real nice as well.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 832 days ago

Chuck, Wow good job dude.

I have not gotten into band saw work yet, as I am still in the square world of wood craft. will I ever be competent at square and go for shapes like you have done?? intimidating to me at this point but I can see the lure of it in your beautiful table.

Congrats on a job very well done!!

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#5 posted 832 days ago

Beautiful build. Nice detailed pics. Very beautiful finished table.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 832 days ago

That is a beautiful piece of furniture. Nice craftsmanship. I like the detail on the legs and the grain on the drawer fronts.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 832 days ago

Very nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 832 days ago

Chuck you are a craftsman. I would like to see this piece in a year or two when the cherry starts turning a rich color. The fluting and beading are very well done. You have built a wonderful piece.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 831 days ago

That is some nice workmanship!

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 831 days ago

I’ll have to say it’s just about perfect

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 831 days ago

Great job guy!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#12 posted 831 days ago

Very nice, great finish on it as well!

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#13 posted 831 days ago

Chuck – that’s a thing of beauty, and a nice looking work shop! I love the dove tails, the contrast in wood is dynamic. I beat the little women is happy with this table. Was this a Mother’s Day Gift?

-- Harold

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#14 posted 831 days ago

Nice build Chuck. Nothing sets off some good looking legs like a sweet set of curves…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#15 posted 831 days ago

Thank you for all the kind comments.

Harold - “I beat the little women”??
I made this mostly for myself. I like to read in that ugly blue chair that you can see a bit of in some of the photos. I got tired of not having anything next to me to put things on, so I looked around for a table that would fit there.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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