End Tables

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Project by rickf16 posted 491 days ago 822 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife said to me one day,”honey, we need new end tables”. I said okay I’ll build them, what kind do you want? Then she said,” let’s just buy them.” Utter shock ensued. What?! Here I was a small fortune in tools and materials not including the time I have under my belt learning new skills all to be wasted in a furniture store looking crappy cheap tables. Well….after about week of badgering her to death, she finally relented. These are the end results.

Made from solid cherry, they are my own design. We did go looking only to pick what we liked for a design.The glass top is 1/4” and fits dead flush. Legs are one piece and 1 9/16” square. Lower shelf is two pieces. Bottom part is 1/2” thick and is not a solid piece. I mitered four sections, like the top, and glued and nailed it to the shelf. Finish is also my own doing. We wanted something a little dark, so I mixed one pint of GF’s Java and one pint of Warm Cherry. Had to pre treat the wood as you know cherry will blotch. My thanks go out Eric at our local wood store for his help with the finish.
Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques welcomed

-- Rick

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#1 posted 491 days ago

They look great ,you both win.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 491 days ago

The tables look fantastic. Great job.

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#3 posted 491 days ago

Oh, nice job! I have hesitated because of the glass inserts, but this looks great!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 491 days ago

Was she serious? We don’t buy furniture!

Beautiful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 491 days ago

Good design and good details. These will become heirlooms for years to come. I had to do the same for my daughter.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 491 days ago

Beautiful tables, Rick. I love your design and your execution was flawless!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#7 posted 491 days ago

Very good design. Classy look and you did a good job putting them together. Now tell your wife never to buy furniture again!

-- LAS,

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#8 posted 490 days ago

Rick ,really great work .your miter joints are dead on and finish is the design.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#9 posted 489 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. I really appreciate it. Can’t wait too start my next project.

-- Rick

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