Mission Style End Table

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Project by Tooch posted 05-18-2013 01:15 PM 1613 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I moved into our house—like most people moving into their first home—we didn’t have any furniture. My uncle, who I was very close with, had recently got sick (cancer) and had to move back in with my grandmother, so he gave us his living room furniture. Although the furniture helped us out and fit into our space, it was showing signs of age. Furniture like that is hard to replace, and I knew anything store bought wouldn’t do. So, I worked on replacing the tables one at a time, this being the last one. At some point I may take pictures of the other 3 (coffee, sofa, & another end) but for now this was the only one I wanted to post.

This project is very heavy on Mortise and Tenons, with the short rails being through tenons and the longer rails stopped in the legs. The vertical slats are also tenoned into the short rails. the top and bottom shelf assemblies are butted together with dowel-joints to add reinforcement. Rather than buying metal brackets to attach the top, I just made my own with some scraps that I 45’d and a couple pocket holes. to finish, I used Special Walnut stain and three coats gloss poly.

My uncle has since passed on, and I still have his furniture, it just has a new home in my game room downstairs. Funny thing is, we still use his Dining room table and chairs. I know someday that will be the project that I’m working on, I just haven’t mustered up the courage to tackle that project yet.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 02:32 PM

very nice,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 05:21 PM

Great looking table,good work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 07:45 PM

exceptional , design is great. what type of finish did you use on this

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 03:27 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 10:50 AM

Love that beautiful wood end table.wooden end tables are a great furniture choice for complementing your decor with pieces that will be able to stand the test of time and last for generations to come.

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