Ocassional Table

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Project by Charles Mullins posted 06-24-2008 09:37 PM 1509 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an occasional table made for a friend from cherry cut from her grandfathers farm about 50 years ago.

It has tapered legs and a tapered edge on the top.

It has no stain at all. It is the natural color of the cherry. It was finished with three coats of lacquer sanding sealer and two coats of Sherwin Williams Dull Rubbed Effect lacquer finish. After the sanding sealer was good and dry, I wet sanded it with 180 grit then sprayed on the finish.

The drawer has poplar sides and a birch plywood bottom.

Turned out nice and made the lady very happy. That’s what I wanted.

Notice the radiance of the cherry on pictures number 1 and three. I love it!

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#1 posted 06-24-2008 09:46 PM

Beautiful! I love that you left the color of the cherry alone and let the wood speak for itself. Nice work.

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#2 posted 06-24-2008 09:53 PM

Nice! Very classy.

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

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#3 posted 06-24-2008 10:11 PM

Very Nice. That is some prety wood and a nice table.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 06-24-2008 10:24 PM

Nice work!

I am a firm believer in letting the cherry speak for itself.

Good Job all around!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 05:30 AM

Hi Charles

Very nice looking table. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 08:31 AM

It does’nt take a thing to make a beautiful wood beautiful. Nice construction.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 05:20 PM

I love the smell of cherry in the morning…

I really like your design. It’s almost delicate, but very balanced, and “plain”.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#8 posted 06-26-2008 07:45 AM

Had to favorite this one !!!! Beautiful job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 06-27-2008 11:11 PM

Charlie, Nicely done. I love the proportions of the table. The beveled edge on the top makes it look like it is super thin. Tremendous job. Great color for a fairly recent piece too. Keep up the good work!

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Charles Mullins

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#10 posted 06-27-2008 11:37 PM

Thanks Chuck!

Yes, the color of the cherry was excellent. If it makes any difference, it had been cut and dried in a barn loft for 50 years. I’d LOVE to get a truck load of it.

The top was a Golden Mean ratio. The top was tapered underneath in order to make it look more delicate. It was an easy little table to make.

Charlie M.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 04:40 AM

That is some amazing Cherry…. Thanks for sharing this project.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 07-30-2008 08:06 PM

Very Nice table.Nice work.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 02:47 AM

Very nice table

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 02:57 AM

I love that dark cherry!! Beautiful table, great work!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 05-26-2009 06:30 PM

Some people would call that blotching on the cherry but not me. I call it figure. I love it too. Nice work.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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