Solid Cherry side table with drawers

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Project by Michigander posted 08-12-2014 03:03 PM 1938 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a side table I just finished making. It was originally built to have only one drawer and a raided panel door, but I decided that 3 drawers would be much more usable so I added the necessary structure for the drawers. It is made from 3/4” solid cherry with 1/2” solid maple drawers. The drawers are hand cut through dovetailed construction done using a handsaw. This is the first time I tried cutting dovetails and I used David Barron’s jig, which was a huge help. I darkened the cherry using General Finishes antique cherry water based dye and finished with 5 coats of General Finishes Arm R Seal oil based urethane and oil solution. It was a very satisfying project using many skills and techniques that were new to me. The finish needs to cure for a week before it goes in our family room.

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 08:46 PM

Love working with cherry . The finish turned out great on your project, well done.

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 10:29 PM

Very nicely done and quite attractive—this will be a family heirloom, handed down for generations.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 01:26 AM

Nice looking. I never used that style of dovetails, look just as strong as traditionalist style
Keep up the nice work.

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 06:20 AM

Its very nice!

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 04:07 PM

Thanks guys appreciate the comments. Doug Scott; question for you. I am new to making dovetails so I don’t understand what you mean by your comment “I never used that style of dovetails, look just as strong as traditionalist style” What us untraditional about what I did?

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#6 posted 07-24-2017 02:50 AM

Wow, masterfully done! this is beautiful work and the grain of the solid wood is great.

I’m really impressed that those are your first hand cut dovetails, they look awesome. Especially considering it is in maple. Hard woods show gaps much more than soft woods as you cant rely on wood compression to get a tight, gap-free fit. Nice work!

Regarding the comment about “traditional style” both through dovetails and half-lap are traditional, but i think hes referring to traditionally a drawer would have half-lap dovetails at the face and through dovetails at the back of the drawer. Looks like you have through dovetails with a separate face board.

Again, nice work!

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