Cherry End Table

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Project by Pezking7p posted 03-29-2014 06:20 PM 1397 views 2 times 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 03-29-2014 06:40 PM

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

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 07:33 PM

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 03-29-2014 08:17 PM

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.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 08:56 PM

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 03-29-2014 09:46 PM

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

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 10:17 PM

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 03-29-2014 11:21 PM

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

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 11:45 PM

great looking piece

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 02:01 AM

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 03-30-2014 03:42 AM

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 03-30-2014 09:04 AM

Beautifully done, Pez! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 12:29 PM

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 03-30-2014 03:26 PM

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 03-30-2014 03:40 PM

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 03-31-2014 10:37 AM

good looking table. How did you attach the top?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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