Red Oak End Tables

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Project by bbasiaga posted 03-26-2015 05:29 AM 1386 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first serious project out of hard wood. This was done almost a year ago, and i never got around to posting it. Up until this, I had done mostly ply and mdf projects. This is one of a set of two end tables made of red oak. I did it the whole hog – drew the plans, bought 4/4 lumber that was finished on 2 sides and milled it down, assembled and finished. I think it came out pretty good.

The legs are 3 individual planks glued together. I left the side grain visible instead of veneering. There are some interesting patterns there, and it is not very distracting. The bottom shelf is red oak ply, held in on the sides by two runners slotted to accept the board, and capped by another slotted piece. I didn’t make the basket. It came from Target I think. The wife and I are always looking for storage and this is a nice way to get a little extra.

There is a small drawer in the front originally designed to fit the TV remote and not much else. While we like storage we don’t need another junk drawer. So when I built it, I made the drawer on the smaller side, though still proportionate to the table. In the last picture you can see that I even made my own drawer rails.

The top is 20×22”, a little larger than the average end table. This gave us room to put a lamp (which I had to move to get the pictures to come out), a couple of family photos, and still have room for drinks and snacks when people come to visit.

Finish is a few coats of wipe on poly.

Its not perfect, but I like it a lot. The wife liked it enough that she has not complained about the money I have spent on the tools to make this stuff, and even allowed me to go ahead and buy lumber for two more end tables and a coffee table to replace some cheap, ancient ones we have in another room. Additionally, every time we go looking for some furniture and she doesn’t find anything she likes, she starts to wonder if I can make it. This is not a huge problem for me, occasionally I even mention that I might need another tool to do something and she doesn’t instantly balk, but my hobby time is limited and the list keeps growing longer! A good problem to have I guess.

Thanks to all the LJ’ers who helped with advice, both direct and archived, to get me started on this project!

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 01:54 PM

really nice job – well done
you can’t beat doing these projects yourself

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 07:30 AM

Very cool looking table, nice and sturdy! Way nicer than the mass produced stuff being tossed around the furniture stores these days. :)

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 12:25 PM

These really look nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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