The last time I was over at my son’s apartment he “casually” mentioned that he needed an end table beside his couch to put things on, so I decided this would be my next project. After the toolchest build I was looking for a small project that was hand tool centric that I could build in a few days.
All the other pieces I have made for him have been Cherry so the wood choice was easy. I had built an end table similar to this in the past so quickly threw down some measurements and ripped the legs up. The skirt is tenoned into mortises on the legs and cut on my bench mortiser.
The front top rail is dovetailed into the top of the legs and the bottom front rail is tenoned into the leg. The drawer front is Birdseye Maple and will contrast nicley once the cherry darkens up some more.
I also had a chance to try out a prototype joiner’s float from Liogier in France on the mortises – this underused tool is fine for smoothing the sides of the mortises and cleaning up the tenons for fitting. I am doing a video and atrticle on this for when these tools are eventually released by Liogier – more on that later.
Here’s a picture of the parts stacked up ready for assembly.
And a picture of the completed base with the dovetailed drawer installed, including a hidden compartment at the back.
Now I needed to make a top to fit the finished base, I always do this last in case the base ends up a little different in size.
First step with my Sauer A1 panel plane makes it all flat:
Second is to eliminate any minor humps and bumps with the Marcou S20a smoother.
Finally my little Holtey 11SA smoother makes it like glass.
My finishing schedule is to use a couple coats of Deft Danish Oil to give it that oil finish colour deepness and then topped off with a few coats of Minwax wipe-on satin poly for protection and sheen.
And a few shots of the finished piece:
-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/