Cherry End Table

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Project by Pezking7p posted 146 days ago 1108 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my first piece of furniture, I wanted to make a small piece that I felt was within my reach, but would still provide plenty of challenges to learn from. I chose this end table design, which is based on a Thos A. Moser piece.

The legs are tapered, and the crossing support members with their mitered ends all provide a bit of Asian flair to this table. The whole piece is built from solid cherry, and I decided to highlight some sapwood on the top.

The trickiest part of this build was the joinery between the legs/cross members. I goofed that part up about 4 different times. In the end, the narrow cross pieces are set in a dado in the wide cross members, and the legs are attached to the cross members with dowels.

Finish was very simple with 2 coats of Seal-a-Cell and one coat of wipe on satin poly, with very light sanding between coats.

I’ve had a blast making this piece and plan to make several similar pieces for my living room. Thanks for looking!

-- -Dan

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#1 posted 146 days ago

That’s a good looking end table you got there. Looking forward to seeing the next pieces you make.

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#2 posted 146 days ago

Very attractive looking table Pez. Pushing yourself on this one really paid off, it came out great.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 146 days ago

Well done Dan. Thanks for sharing the build with us too.

Slowly building/replacing each piece in a living room…. sounds like my life the past 5 years. Totally worth it.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#4 posted 146 days ago

Nice work man, I can see some cool stuff coming from you in the next yr. Don’t fhug up.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#5 posted 146 days ago

Looks great. I wish my first piece looked like that.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 146 days ago

A unique piece very well done. I like everything about it.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#7 posted 146 days ago

Very interesting design, looks great. No wonder you got the request for more pieces.

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#8 posted 146 days ago

great looking piece

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#9 posted 146 days ago

Sweet little table ! How about a photo of the top ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 146 days ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Dusty56, I’ve updated the photos to include one with a better picture of the top.

-- -Dan

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#11 posted 145 days ago

Beautifully done, Pez! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 145 days ago

Very nice Dan.

I have been watching your progress in the furniture forum. You have really done yourself good here. Persistence pays off, it’s beautiful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 145 days ago

Nice, I am a fan of the sap wood hints/streaks. Takes it up a notch in my opinion.

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#14 posted 145 days ago

Really nice table, love the way you have developed the Oriental theme and use of sapwood.
Well done, further comment on BigRed’s forum which may interest you.

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#15 posted 144 days ago

good looking table. How did you attach the top?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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