Custom Cherry Table

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Project by Celldss posted 01-07-2014 08:34 PM 1334 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My folks asked me to make them a mini dining room table. The dimensions were specific: Maximum height of 29”, but from the floor to the bottom of the apron had to be 26”, leaving 3” for the table top and the apron together. That’s where the arch came from. :-)

Material is all Wisconsin cherry. Design & construction are simple mortise and tenons for the legs/apron with breadboard ends on the top. Arches were cut on the band saw, then pattern routed. Top is held to the base with screw blocks cut from scrap. Knots are filled with epoxy.

Finished with 5 coats of Tried & True Varnish Oil. It produced a nice satin sheen after much rubbing in my freezing basement. Must use thin coats! The top blotched a bit because I think I laid it on too thick in spots..

I was proud of myself because I did very little sanding on the project (just one rub of 320 on the whole thing). My trusty No 4 1/2 smoother did almost all the finish prep. No dust; quiet & peaceful. Everything I love about the craft!

Feedback welcome. Take care!

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 09:12 PM

Nice…love the last sentence. really nice table. Arch is a bit sharp but you had design constraints which is fine. Really nice table. Really nice.

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 10:56 PM

I love cherry! Your table has simple yet elegant features. Great job!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 11:30 PM

Very beautiful work and it’s inspiring me to finally build my first dining table!

-- Billy

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 11:34 PM

@texbilly – Go for it! This was my first. I made so many mistakes, it’s unthinkable. If you can see your way to spending a little money, I’d recommend the Shaker Side Table DVD from Chris Schwartz. I basically used all those construction techniques with the table I made. Seeing it demonstrated in video made it much easier for me. Makes me wonder how many mistakes I didn’t make because I watched it first… :-)

Take care!

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 01:17 AM

Very pretty table. Well done

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 01:21 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 01:49 AM

Nice table! The best part by far is that you didn’t have to fool much with our arch-nemesis sandpaper. Any day I don’t have to touch sandpaper is a good day.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 05:04 AM

Very cool table great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 12:17 PM

Nice simple design. Excellent wood choice, I love working with cherry

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 03:43 PM

love lots of aspects of your table – breadboard edges, and especially the arching skirts/stretchers.

Nice work!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 02:47 PM

That’s one classy table. Beautiful wood and finish. Like the design especially the top and the legs Great work!

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