Craftsman QSWO End Table

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Project by Bullgoose posted 02-19-2009 12:15 AM 5386 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Added a couple of photos of the table in its’ natural habitat… . This table is my first attempt at building a piece of “fine” furniture suitable to grace a spot in my (wife’s) living room. It is constructed of quarter sawn white oak, except for the maple drawer sides/back. I based the design on a Craftsman table plan from The finish is my attempt to copy the wonderful job done by MJJ on that magnificent roll top desk displayed on his LJ Home page. Thanks again MJJ for your invaluable assistance!

The finish is as follows:
Mission brown water-based dye
General Finishes Candlelight Oil-based stain
Shellac: 1#cut
General Finishes Candlelight Gel stain
multiple coats of satin poly

I have built outdoor tables and planters of cedar and a “TV” stand for the spare bedroom, among other pieces (like my woodworking shop workbench, storage cabinet, etc.) since I started woodworking last winter. I am a novice, as you can see, but I am loving the experience. Thank all of you LJ’ers for sharing your experience, know-how and craftmanship with newbees’ like me!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#1 posted 02-19-2009 01:22 AM

Well if this is your first attempt, it was a good one. Nice work, and a great looking finish.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 02-19-2009 01:53 AM

Nice end table, nice job for a first attempt!

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#3 posted 02-19-2009 02:08 AM

Not bad at all, not bad at all. You should see my first attempt at fine furniture…. errr, no, you probably shouldn’t! My point is of course, you did much better than I ever did. beautiful piece, my friend! :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#4 posted 02-19-2009 02:37 AM

Looks like you are off to a good start at wood working :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 02-19-2009 02:56 AM

Great job!

My first attempts sometimes make great firewood.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#6 posted 02-19-2009 03:40 AM

Guess I’m missing the novice part of the project, it looks fantastic to me … great job on the woodwork and finish

-- Steve

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#7 posted 02-19-2009 05:00 AM

This is a great looking end table. Very rich color. Will you making others to match it?

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#8 posted 02-19-2009 07:30 AM

This looks great, man. I can only hope my first attempt at indoor furniture goes this well!

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#9 posted 02-19-2009 07:40 AM

Your table is a fine work of craftsmanship, and the finish is worthy of a big attaboy.

Thanks for posting

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#10 posted 02-19-2009 04:25 PM

A great table by any standards, but especially for a first attempt.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 02-19-2009 04:40 PM

Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments. It means a great deal to get such positive feedback from such an esteemed group of craftsmen!

As I mentioned above, the “TV” stand is actually my first indoor table, but, as you will see when I post it, it doesn’t qualify as “fine” furniture…at least to me. The outdoor tile-topped cedar tables , which I built just prior to this one, don’t fall into the category of “fine” furniture, either. Perhaps I am arguing semantics…you can decide after I post those.

Thank you, again!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#12 posted 02-19-2009 10:51 PM

Fine job! I love the look of QSWO….....

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#13 posted 02-20-2009 01:35 AM

That is great looks well constructed my wife is very picky and she likes it. You want to make her one?lol


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#14 posted 03-05-2009 12:12 AM

Beautiful table. I just purchased a few boards of cherry to try my hand at an end table. I’ll come back to this post for sure, to research the finishing method you noted. It really is amazing. You should be proud.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#15 posted 09-02-2009 04:04 PM

Very nice job. One question, in the picture showing the drawer it looks like there’s a slot on the side, near the top. Is that for a drawer slide?

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