Cherry End Tables

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Project by Andy Rockhill posted 03-29-2007 07:54 PM 2065 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest project, a pair of cherry end tables with a slate tile top. Mortise and tenon joinery and hand-cut dovetail drawers. This is my first piece entirely of my own design. It is probably most reminiscent of an arts and crafts design with sort of an Asian influence.

The tiled top was really easy to do. However, I installed the tile before I finished the top. In retrospect, I would do it the other way around. If you put the tile in first, you have to be careful not to get any grout or sealer on the wood, and then you have to be careful not to get any finish on the tile. The other way around, you only have to be careful once. Seems so obvious after the piece is done… :)

I finished the pieces with linseed oil and several coats of shellac and rubbed it out to a high gloss. I also used a gloss sealer on the tiles to better match the sheen of the shellac. Topped it off with a coat of wax. This is a great finish. Easy to apply, fast and gives the natural cherry wood a warm glow. Looking forward to the pieces darkening with age. I just love cherry wood. Worth the price.

I also uploaded a picture of my design. This was done in Solid Works. This is a professional 3-D modeling tool and I would not recommend it for casual users. The learning curve is pretty steep and the program is pretty expensive. I only have access to it as I am currently studying engineering at a university and needed to learn the program for drawing motors for a finite element analysis program.

I am really interested in the other Sketch program that people here have been talking about. It seems very similar but sounds like it has a free-ware version. Solid-Works used to have a free-ware version too, but they have since discontinued that practice. I’m going to have to give it a try.

-- Andy from Waukesha, WI -- A student of life

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 08:08 PM

Really nice Andy. I like the legs a lot. Great interpretation of Arts & Craft with, as you say, a subtle Asian influence. Look forward to seeing your next work. Thanks.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 08:10 PM

The tile top looks great. I’ve got some old 12”x12” tiles that were in my garage when I bought my house, and I’ve been looking for a way to use them. Thanks for the idea.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 08:41 PM

Nice tables. I like the mixing and matching of different materials. I also particularly like the asian influence on arts and craft pieces. Very nice…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 03-29-2007 11:01 PM

Very nice table. Cut some Greene and Greene clouds in there and a few mortice pins and you are good to go.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 03-29-2007 11:13 PM

Beautiful tables.
I like your drawing, I have Turbocad, & I just can’t seem to get the hang of it, so I still use a paper, & pencil. This old dog doesn’t seem to have the patience to learn something new I guess.
I just downloaded Sketchup though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 03-29-2007 11:59 PM

Nice! With a bit of variation you could also almost make that plan a take on the Thorsen side table challenge.

I’m writing 3d software for a living right now, and you’d think that’d make it possible for me to figure out some of these packages, but I’m currently using pencil and paper. I’m a fan of Blender for basic free 3d work but it is obscure and I found a good dimensioning script for it yet. I want to play with it a bit more, but with a few things worked out I think that Gizmolab Design Intuition has some definite possibilities, and Google’s doing their level best to make SketchUp the standard in free low-res architecture drawing (because they want to get your models incorporated into Google Earth).

But finding time to play with those things when I’m not writing animation software is tough recently. Woodworking is supposed to be my non-computer time…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 03-30-2007 05:49 AM

Those sexy curves, oh yeh!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 04-01-2007 05:58 PM

Or he could say this is his interpretation of the Thorsen Table and enter it as is. :)

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 04-02-2007 08:01 PM

Everyone pretty much covered my comments so I will just say that I mirror what has been written. My favorite is the curviture of the legs though. I was breezing through the project pages and this jumped out at me. Great stuff!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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