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Project by William posted 11-29-2012 11:08 PM 1784 views 4 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out when I built a table for my Mom. You can read from the start of my blog series about that table here. From the start, I had a lot of problems with that project. I was unhappy with it all the way to the end, when I somehow messed up the finish even worse than I normally do. My Mom was happy with it though, so all was well.
Then my wife says she wanted one similar to it. Since I’m making Christmas presents for her, I decided to do just that. You can start reading about it from the start here. This project post is the end result from that second table.

So now I will talk about the second table, and why I call it a successful project.
I seldom build a project with no problem; that I am completely happy with the results. Do any of us? Usually, I come away from my completed projects unhappy with the project and already thinking of ways I could have done things different for a better result.
I can not say that about this table. From start to finish, everything has went just as I wanted it to and I am completely happy with the result. I even put a good finish on it. I’ve never been able to say I’ve put a flawless finish on a project before. After this table, I still cannot say that. I can say though that the finish on it is the closest that I’ve ever come.

The table is made of cottonwood. It measures 15×20” and is 36” tall. It is stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain and finished with three coats of Minwax Clear Gloss Polyurethane. I sanded with 220 grit after the first coat, and with 600 grit after the second coat.
At the end of this posting, I am also including a few more photos. I wanted to show the finished top, shelf, and drawer front. I am really proud of how they turned out.


-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 11:46 PM

It looks beautiful, William. Finishing is one of the hardest things to accomplish. Great build all around. She is going to love it! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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patron

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 11:49 PM

glad you got it william

it sure came out nice

and lots of new learning
which is always well worth it

a sweet present

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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William

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 11:57 PM

Thank ya’ll very much.
I appreciate the kind words.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 12:02 AM

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!!! I won’t ask for an encore, as this project IS the encore!

Well done, William. I really like the “ZIPPER” joints!!!

I hear ya, regarding finishing. That is why ALL my projects will be left unfinished, for those people that enjoy the finishing process!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 12:02 AM

i really like how this turned out william, i like the way you cut the wood for your tops and the drawer front, i do have to say that the way the knobs are on the drawer in relation to the cuts of the wood looks a bit off to me, but thats just my 2 cents, and its not made for me, , so great job william, what is next, now that your in the furniture business…maybe a couch…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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William

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 12:51 AM

Thank you both.

Randy, I would leave all my projects unfinished too, if I could get away with it.

Grizz, I am in full agreement with you on the knob placement. Actually, I did not intend on doing knobs. I was going to provide recesses on the bottom and sides to pull the drawer open with. I didn’t want anything on the front of the drawer to distract from the pattern I worked so hard on. I was “instructed” by the boss (wife) on the knobs to use, and their placement.
These are the same style knobs I used on her jewelry cabinet and she likes them. I tried to talk her out of it. My best ”but honey” just wasn’t working though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 12:52 AM

William, Mom’s happy, your happy, and I am happy for the both of you :). Fantastic looking table!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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William

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#8 posted 11-30-2012 12:53 AM

Oh, and to answer Grizzes question, NOTHING!
I do not hope to do any more furniture projects for a while.
Unless something changes, my next project will be at the scroll saw.
It will be another Christmas gift for Lisa as well.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#9 posted 11-30-2012 12:54 AM

L2L, both Mom’s are happy.
My mother is happy.
My wife is happy.
I’m just happy it’s over.
Time for something more my speed.

And thank you for the compliment.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 11-30-2012 01:20 AM

That’s simply fantastic work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 11-30-2012 01:34 AM

That did turn out really well. I followed the entire blog and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m still amazed at the look you achieved by staining that cottonwood. And I too am a fan of your zipper joints.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 11-30-2012 01:50 AM

WOW!!

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#13 posted 11-30-2012 01:59 AM

I am sure she was as impressed as I am, great piece

-- Norman

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William

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#14 posted 11-30-2012 02:04 AM

Thank you all very much.
It’s the kind words here on this site that keeps me posting my finished projects.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 11-30-2012 02:46 AM

a lot of figure in this table

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