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Mission Table with Tile inset

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Project by Everett1 posted 738 days ago 3925 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for my wife’s Great Aunt. It’s been kind of a Mission style kick lately. I guess it’s appropriate, since I grew up in the neighborhood of Eastwood in Syracuse, NY. Anyone that knows the story about Gustav Stickley, that’s the same neighborhood where he had his first factory.

It is made out of Quarter Sawn White Oak; 8/4 for the legs, and 4/4 for everything else. The drawers are made out of 4/4 Hard Maple that I resawed on my bandsaw (excited that I was able to do this, since I didn’t have the bandsaw when I first started this project, and its nice to save material). I fumed it for 36 hours using household ammonia. I made a tent by covering some saw horses with plastic, and placing four bowls of ammonia in the corners then sealed it up with heavy bricks at the bottom of the plastic.

The drawers are also lined with Aromatic Cedar, which I resawed the cedar too, and face glued it to the Maple. Drawer bottoms are solid Aromatic cedar as well. I have a slot in the back of the drawer, so if for some reason there is a problem with the drawer bottom, it can be taken out and replaced/repaired. Also had to do it for the wood movement anyway. And, good luck finding Aromatic cedar plywood.

It is a LOT of mortise and tenon joinery. I’ve been obsessed about Sam Maloof lately, so re-enforced the mortise and tenons with his screw/plug method. Plugs and Handles are made of Ash.

The focus point, the tile, was brought back from Germany, from the stove that was in the house my wife’s Great Grandmother grew up in. It was really cool to hold something really old and that was clearly hand made. Only downside was it was nerve racking hoping I didn’t drop it while fitting it. It went back inside to a safe place immediately after I was done fitting it. The tile is covered by a pane of 1/4” glass.

It is finished Sam Maloof style (Varnish/BLO/Tung for 5 coats, then 1 part beeswax to 16parts blo/tung. I also make my own polish with beeswax and turpentine, gives it a little extra boost.

Thanks for viewing

Ev

-- Ev in Framingham, MA





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 738 days ago

Looks great, the wood is really nice, and the dovetails look sweet.

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alholstein

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#2 posted 738 days ago

A really nice job. I especially like that you came up with your own design rather than making it from someones else plans. And it has a story feature to it also. Keep the projects coming.
Al

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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jcinwilkes

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#3 posted 738 days ago

can i possibly get the dimensions on this? love it!

-- God is good, God is great, Drums are loud.

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TomTinkerSum

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#4 posted 738 days ago

Beautiful piece! Great job on the write-up for the project. Good to frame an older piece of some family heritage in furniture with cool character too!!

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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Everett1

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#5 posted 737 days ago

jcinwilkes,

I’ll look up the dimensions later today and let you know. I thing the top is 18 across and 22 deep

Ev

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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Mario

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#6 posted 737 days ago

That looks really great, I like the contrasting color pegs in the legs

-- Hope Never fails

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BTimmons

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#7 posted 737 days ago

Beautiful work. All the effort you put into finishing it really shows.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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iamcliff

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#8 posted 737 days ago

Wow, this is great! Nice.

I’m new at this, so can someone explain what fuming does and why it is necessary?

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Everett1

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#9 posted 737 days ago

With Oak (especially White Oak), the wood naturally contains tanins. In short, what happens when you expose the raw wood to ammonia, it naturally darkens the wood through a chemical reaction. It’s impressive in that it gets pretty deep into the wood too. It is legend that it was discovered a long time ago by noticing in barns where horse stables existed that the white oak beams turned a really dark color, from the ammonia that formed from the horse urine.

It’s pretty hard to mess it up too. Just build a tent (grab some roll plastic from the big box store) and in my experience, i used household $1 a gallon ammonia in four small bowls, placed them on the ground around the table, then sealed it up. 36 hours later, voila (really shows when oil is applied). I wish I took pictures of the tent.

I don’t like staining as I like the wood to look how it’s naturally supposed to look. I will be doing it again on a library table i’m going to build and will likely blog about it then.

Thanks everyone for the comments! it’s very inspiring

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#10 posted 737 days ago

Very handsome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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BenI

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#11 posted 737 days ago

Fantastic looking table and nice attention to detail. The dovetails look great. Job well done.

-- Ben from IL

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Ethan Harris

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#12 posted 737 days ago

This is the stuff that really makes me love my hobby! your attention to detail is meritorious!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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taoist

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#13 posted 737 days ago

Very nice work. I kind of curious about a couple of things though. Is there any other finish on the wood besides the fuming ? Wax ?
Also what kind of wood did you use to pin the tenons ?
It’s a stunning table.

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Everett1

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#14 posted 737 days ago

Hi Taoist
See last paragraph in description above. Definitely more than just wax
Pins and handles are ash

Thanks again everyone for the comments

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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pintodeluxe

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#15 posted 729 days ago

Nice.
How did you cut your dovetails – by hand or with a jig?
What brand / model of Jig?
Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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