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Cherry side table #1: Almost done

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 02-11-2019 08:43 PM 665 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my second side table. It is cherry with a drawer. The first was red oak without a drawer. It is close to finished – I just need to finish the drawer, fit it, then attach the top.

I was surprised about how much more challenging the tenons were to fit. I think part of it was the grain in the cherry. It wasn’t as straight as the oak. Also, because the skirt had to be deeper to have room for the drawer, they were just bigger. I did the fine tuning with a chisel. I’m thinking about getting a router plane to help with the tenons on the next thing I make.

A few of the joints aren’t perfectly tight, but I think it will look decent from 5 feet away.

I’m planning to just finish it with shellac.



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BlueRidgeDog

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 09:14 PM

Nice wood and clean lines. Brave man clamping such lovely work without a caul.

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Wintergreen78

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 12:16 AM

Good point – I’ve gone back and forth about using scrap blocks under clamps. These have soft plastic pads and pretty large surface area. Especially on harder wood they don’t seem to leave a mark.

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 12:53 PM

Seems like I find clamp marks and such after the finish is applied and the light hits it just right. The table has a clean Shaker look to it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 01:55 PM



Good point – I’ve gone back and forth about using scrap blocks under clamps. These have soft plastic pads and pretty large surface area. Especially on harder wood they don’t seem to leave a mark.

- Wintergreen78

Well, it also depends on how much pressure you have to put on it. I have been burned too many times!

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#5 posted 02-13-2019 02:53 PM



Nice wood and clean lines. Brave man clamping such lovely work without a caul.

- BlueRidgeDog

I find since most of my projects end up in the burn pile that it makes it easier to not worry about cauls and clamp marks! I’m off to buy another $65 sheet of maple ply.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#6 posted 02-13-2019 10:09 PM

I went over everything with a smoothing plane and card scrapers before glue-up. I’ll check everything closely under good light before putting the top on. If there are any marks, I can still clean them up since the clamps were all on outside faces.

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