Southwest/Art&Crafts/Japanese mix.. Side Table

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Project by silverhalo posted 06-15-2008 02:43 AM 5256 views 31 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well… this is my first “serious” (read: non-pine) piece of furniture, which I designed in StetchUp based off of various pictures and styles from my favorite woodworking disciplines – Southwestern, Arts & Crafts and Japanese architecture.

The piece is primarily Alder with reclaimed Walnut (from old table leaves) for the drawer fronts and Poplar for the drawers casing, all built using all mortise and tenon construction.

The drawers have hand-cut half blind dovetails (I love the contrast between the white poplar and the dark walnut). The hardware was all custom built by me out of brass rod and sheet and the patina was added by heating it with an acetylene torch and polishing with oil and steel wool (hard to capture the true colors in a photograph… it has a gold and copper shine with dark blues and greens…. neatO!!.

The tables body has a hand rubbed finish of boiled Linseed oil, de-waxed Shellac, and lot of coats of Blonde Shellac, while the top is BLO, de-waxed Shellac and several hand rubbed coats of gloss Poly, and all rubbed down with 000 synthetic steel-wool pads.

All in all it is not a bad first try, I like it …. and the lessons learned were worth the effort!
I am currently working on a matching style Morris chair built out of the same materials …. will post that project when it gets finished… one day….

-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM -

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#1 posted 06-15-2008 02:54 AM

it’s gorges

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

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#2 posted 06-15-2008 03:22 AM

I had to make myself stop looking at it. There are so many detailed features It took a while to drink it all in. Thanks much dor sharing.

Can’t wait to see your next project.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Daren Nelson

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#3 posted 06-15-2008 03:42 AM

Holy smokes, if that is your first “serious” project I can’t wait to see your second. At first glance the pulls put me off just a tad, but reading you made them makes them more interesting to me, another fine detail to this piece. Of course I like the reclaimed wood idea. I see many great projects here at LJ, favorite very few…this one just got favorited.

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#4 posted 06-15-2008 03:44 AM

The dovetails are fantastic.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 06-15-2008 04:03 AM

Very nice table. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 06-15-2008 04:28 AM

That is nice crisp work. I really like the joinery. Fun isn’t it? The hardware look like it has a macintosh flair (as in A&C/Nouveau).

Nice job on this one. I’ll be looking for the next.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 06-15-2008 04:29 AM

The attention to detail and your craftsmanship are admirable. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-15-2008 05:36 AM

Very nice design and well executed joinery.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#9 posted 06-15-2008 06:18 AM

Very nice, I love the design and the joinery.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#10 posted 06-15-2008 06:56 AM

Very nice work. As has been already said, the joinery is great!

-- Bob

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#11 posted 06-15-2008 07:31 AM

Fantastic job! The joinery is great!

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

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Daren Nelson

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#12 posted 06-15-2008 04:19 PM

“put off” was a terrible choice of words, it sounds negative. I was meaning thrown off, like I did not understand/had to take closer look. That is a positive thing. I hope that makes sense?

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#13 posted 06-15-2008 05:26 PM

Wonderful design and execution. I can’t wait to see more projects from you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 06-15-2008 08:21 PM

Very nice design.Fantastic job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 06-15-2008 08:45 PM

Very nice!

Thanks for the post


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