Bow-Front End Table

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Project by ChuckV posted 05-12-2012 08:57 PM 2764 views 5 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.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 09:03 PM

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 05-12-2012 09:48 PM

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 05-12-2012 10:29 PM

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 05-12-2012 11:06 PM

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 05-13-2012 12:42 AM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 01:57 AM

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 05-13-2012 02:07 AM

Very nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 02:16 AM

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 05-13-2012 11:55 AM

That is some nice workmanship!

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 03:57 PM

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

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 05-13-2012 04:11 PM

Great job guy!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#12 posted 05-13-2012 07:04 PM

Very nice, great finish on it as well!

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#13 posted 05-13-2012 07:18 PM

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 05-13-2012 08:46 PM

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 05-13-2012 08:46 PM

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.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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