Mission end tables

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Project by idahotinker posted 306 days ago 1227 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started cutting these pieces out over 15 years ago and had assembled one table. I finally got motivated to complete the second so I could get them finished. I’d make a few design changes, but overall these are good, solid red oak tables that were worth waiting for. Lots of mortise and tenon joinery. The corner corbels are attached with size 10 biscuits. Finish is Old Masters gel stain and multicoat poly wipe on finish. Wish I’d gone satin rather than semigloss.

Now on to my wife’s armoire!

-- Why doesn't Whole Foods sell livestock?

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#1 posted 306 days ago

Nice tables.
Changing semi-gloss to satin is as easy as waxing with #0000 steel wool and Howard’s Walnut Wax. Actually any dark colored paste wax will do, I just prefer Howard’s. Apply the wax with the grain, and remove with a clean rag.

Thanks for sharing your project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 306 days ago

It’s actually, “If you choose not to decide, you’ve still not made a choice.” Sorry, I’m a Rush fan.

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#3 posted 306 days ago

Nice tables !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 306 days ago

Thanks, pintodeluxe! I’ll give that a try.

-- Why doesn't Whole Foods sell livestock?

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#5 posted 306 days ago

Very nice set of Mission style end tables….they look great, well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#6 posted 306 days ago

Very well done!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#7 posted 305 days ago

These look very solid and turned out nice
I love the corner corbals (I actually didn’t know what they were called)
Now i’ll sound more intelligent when I make a set of these for the guest room and I explain

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 305 days ago

Be careful, Greg. I kind of made that up based on an architectural term :-) (corner corbel)

-- Why doesn't Whole Foods sell livestock?

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#9 posted 305 days ago

Great tables and a very nice look to them! Hope I get to the point where I can make things like that!

-- Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#10 posted 305 days ago

Personal best for projects build times vary widely, as do mine, days to years, it’s all fine. Oh, the tables are both great looking, magazine cover project I’d bet. Nice work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#11 posted 305 days ago

Nice end tables.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 305 days ago

You’ve done a fine job on this table. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 305 days ago

My favorite style of furniture. You did a great job, they look awesome. I’ve had some plans for mission furniture for a few years now, need to get working!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#14 posted 305 days ago

It nice to finally finish projects that have been on hold for a long time,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 304 days ago

Thanks, everyone. I know I shouldn’t be surprised (it’s just math after all), but to think that over 500 people have seen my work is mindboggling to me. I bragged to my wife that her tables were “top 6 daily projects on Lumberjocks.” Never hurts to have spousal support. Of any kind. I just don’t like paying it.

-- Why doesn't Whole Foods sell livestock?

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