Custom Stickley Style Side Table with Mosaic Glass Tile

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Project by bfd posted 04-08-2008 03:15 AM 5882 views 11 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally Finished… well just a few touch-ups to do before I ship this piece out to the client. This one took longer then I had originally estimated but I am pretty happy with the results. The 3/4” x 3/4” glass tile goes really well with the color of the wood. The grout is actually a medium tan color for a low contrast but looks white in the photos. For the finish I used a waterbased dye stain as the undercoat followed my a darker oil based pigment stain that I whipped on and then almost immediately whipped off to pop the figure. I followed this by several coats of whip-on poly (satin) and then waxed. This was a technique that Jeff Jewitt wrote about to mimick a A&C fumed finish. For the Joinery I used mortise and tenon both through and hidden. Eight of them were pinned. The top has pinned half lapped miter joints. For the drawer I used handcut half-blind dovetails on the front and through dovetails on the back. The drawer front and the front rail just below the drawer were cut from the same piece so that the grain was continuous. Size: 22”d x 22”w x 26”h. You can see in-progress shots and my original sketch of this in my projects section.

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 03:23 AM

BFD- Beautiful table, I love the quartersawn white oak. Great work

-- Kaleo ,

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 03:36 AM

I like the tile top too. I assume you grouted before finishing? Anyway, it looks great withthe quartersawn oak.

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 03:42 AM

Great looking dovetails.

That tile looks very nice. Interesting.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 03:45 AM

Hi TomK,

I actually finished the entire piece first then did the tile work grouting last…probably totally bass ackwards but it seemed to work albeit probably not the most efficient route.

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 03:46 AM

Thanks Gary!

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 04:06 AM

The dovetails are impeckable, if I spelled that right. Great job. I like the figure of the grain as well.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 04:13 AM


Finally!!!! I have enjoyed your posts so far but it is nice to see a finished product (as I am sure that you are glad to have completed it as well). This is a great looking table and the tiles add a lot of visual interest to the piece. I am glad that you pointed out the half lap miters. I would have missed it in my cursory look at the table.

Great job and thanks for sharing the entire process with us. But just one of these is going to look out of place. Maybe you should build another for balance? :)

Thanks. I have enjoyed it.

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

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 04:44 AM

BDF,this is a very nice piece. I really like your work.

-- Todd C, Central Illinois

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 04:48 AM

Hi Scott I would like nothing more then for the client to commission me to make this a matching pair.:-)

Hi Tyler! Thanks. You now I wish that Martin could add a spell check feature to the LJ. It would sure help me.

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#10 posted 04-08-2008 05:25 AM

Tile inlays seem to work well with mission style projects. Very nice, sir.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#11 posted 04-08-2008 05:48 AM

Very nice table. You did a beautiful job on it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-08-2008 06:50 AM

looks great man.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#13 posted 04-08-2008 07:16 AM

I love the effect of the mitered half laps on the corners. I also love the quartersawn(especially on the legs). If you don’t mind me asking what are you getting for the piece. I would love to have one for myself but I’m a long ways from building like that with the dovetails and all.

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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Tim Pursell

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#14 posted 04-08-2008 12:28 PM

Great table. You got all the details right!


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#15 posted 04-08-2008 03:49 PM

Great classic Arts and Crafts piece. Your joinery is superb! A real heirloom. Congratulations!

-- Hailey, ID

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