End Tables

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Project by rickf16 posted 12-10-2012 10:36 PM 1226 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 12-10-2012 10:40 PM

They look great ,you both win.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 11:07 PM

The tables look fantastic. Great job.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 11:55 PM

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 12-11-2012 12:57 AM

Was she serious? We don’t buy furniture!

Beautiful work.

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

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 01:24 AM

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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#6 posted 12-11-2012 02:40 AM

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 03:43 AM

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 12-11-2012 03:04 PM

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

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 08:04 PM

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

-- Rick

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