Sons of Maple Table from Hell

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 446 days ago 1124 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 446 days ago

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 so little time!

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#2 posted 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

Really nice set of tables.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#6 posted 446 days ago

Good job Charlie.
(and smart to obey SWMBO)

-- Having fun...Eric

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#7 posted 446 days ago

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 †

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#8 posted 446 days ago

simple is good. nice job.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

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 446 days ago

Hell.. good table!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 446 days ago

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 445 days ago

Nice job, Charlie.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 445 days ago

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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