Sons of Maple Table from Hell

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-02-2013 07:15 PM 1433 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you who have been around here a long time might remember reading about this project, which I appropriately named “Maple Table from Hell”. It was actually my first table ever, and I certainly had my share of trials and tribulations with it.

Lo and behold, some six years later, my wife decides she wants a pair of end tables that match the original. Because the original design was so basic, it was kind of hard to resist the temptation to “fancy” these up. But SWMBO is the boss, and she wanted them just like the other one, right down to the hidden drawers.

Finishing was almost a problem. The original table was finished with Danish oil and wipe-on poly. The Danish oil was a concoction of several shades mixed together to match our existing kitchen and den cabinetry. I had a little bit of the original mixture left in a can, but I was afraid it wasn’t going to be enough, so I made a number of unsuccessful attempts to mix up another batch. (No, I apparently had not written down the formula anywhere). Eventually I gave up and just hoped like heck I had enough finish left for both tables. For once, luck was on my side.

This was by no means my most exciting or creative woodworking project. But it’s a rare occasion when my wife actually has a woodworking request… she usually just thinks I’m out in the shop wasting time and money. :-) In the end, she was happy, and that made me happy.

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

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 07:29 PM

In the end, all was well! You don’t have to tell her it was a simple project. I sell enough stuff to keep my wife happy with my ‘hobby’. I think she worries about my wood ‘problem’, but at least she knows where I am.
The tables look nice and she is happy. Good job.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 07:58 PM

really nice tables charlie, i like that they have the hidden drawers, i am the luckiest man in the world, i can go out to my shop any time i want..and make anything i want…and im really happy about that, so maybe there should be a coffee table that goes with it…..:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 08:45 PM

Not bad Chuck.
I think is it a bill filler. And bill filling is a good thing when married.

Looks nice and at home in the pics.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 09:34 PM

Well done Charlie – sometimes it’s good to win one with the “Boss”. The tables look great!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 09:46 PM

Really nice set of tables.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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Eric in Florida.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 09:51 PM

Good job Charlie.
(and smart to obey SWMBO)

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#7 posted 06-03-2013 12:43 AM

Very nice Charlie

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 06-03-2013 01:19 AM

simple is good. nice job.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 01:20 AM

Sometimes simple is the best. At least if it keeps the better half happy. They look great.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 02:10 AM

Charlie. The other half knows what is best, and she knows a well planned project is wonderful.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 02:54 AM

That’s a tall order, to make something “like the other one”, after years have passed!
Great Job Charlie!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 03:31 AM

Hell.. good table!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-03-2013 10:12 AM

nice work on those, now you get to sit back and enjoy for years to come!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 06-03-2013 02:25 PM

Nice job, Charlie.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 06-03-2013 02:50 PM

Thanks everybody.

It’s good to remind myself from time to time that even simple furniture requires some different skills from my usual small boxes.

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

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