Oak Side Table

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Project by HokieMojo posted 09-01-2008 06:20 AM 2186 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a picture of a sidetable I built. I needed something that was low enough that is wouldn’t obstruct a wall sconce, narrow enough that it would fit along our oddly shaped wall, not too deep so that it won’t take up too much square footage, and red enough to match our vanity. This is what I came up with.

On this project I learned:
how to make box joints
how to make wipe on poly
subtleties of working with oak
how to build drawers (not quite perfect thought)

One thing I wish I had known was that the drawers are not long enough to be very useful. The table is reversible though. Drawers on one side, towel bar on the other. As you can see, we use the towel bar side anyway.

One more thing to note on this project is the finish. I used Minwax Polyshades. It is a tinted Poly. I wouldn’t use it again for raw wood, but I was trying to match a color. I do think the product has its place though. I’ll try to post a review at some point because if used for the correct application, I could see this being very helpful. If you just use it to skip a step (staining), you will probably regret it.

I hope you like the pictures. If I think of anything else, I’ll add it in the comments section.

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#1 posted 09-01-2008 06:50 AM

HokieMojo, I like the exposed box joints. They bring and old time feeling to the piece. I have tried the Polyshades myself and I have to agree with your comments.

Nice job.


-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ

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#2 posted 09-01-2008 12:07 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 09-01-2008 12:44 PM

Jo, Looks like it came out really well. And your right there are some polyshades that look pretty darn good, I usually top coat it once with clear for extra protection to the color….not needed just makes me feel better…LOL Drawers on these little tables are really only decorative anyway..that’s for anyone who makes a side table, so don’t worry about that. Looks like you did a great job on all the joinery too. Great table, and great job. Enjoy!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 09-01-2008 02:44 PM

Nice looking little side table. It looks useful for your space. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 05:38 AM

Nice side table.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 02:22 AM

Lovely, HokieMojo! Thanks for sharing with us!

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