End Tables for Christmas

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Project by HappyHowie posted 12-13-2015 09:18 AM 1599 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was making an end table with a nice board of red oak. This was going to be for myself when my wife suggested that I make eight more for Christmas presents. So the next day I went to my favorite hardwood store to buy rough sawn lumber. The legs and aprons were going to be made from poplar. I would stain them with gel Java. Then each top would be different selected hardwoods. I bought the following: Persian Walnut, American Black Walnut, Curly Maple, Hard Maple, Soft Maple, and several Cherry boards to go with my already in progress red oak end table.

I had a deadline to meet since we were going to the Northwest in three weeks to visit family and to see our new grandson. I would assemble these six end tables in my youngest son’s garage. Final coats of spray finish would also be applied there.

The photos here are of the several different hardwood types. When I find my photo of the Persian Walnut, I will substitute its photo for one of those already published with this note.

You may be able to pick the curly maple top. It has highly figure grain. I finished it with Tung Oil in order to retain the woods natural light colored wood. The rest of the hardwood tops I finished with natural Danish Oil and then several spray coats of lacquer. The legs and aprons I finished with spray spar polyurethane.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 01:39 PM

some good lookin tables – the Walnut is my favorite

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 02:55 PM

Very good work. I often make two of something when I tackle a big project but eight is a lot of work. Well done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 03:40 PM

That walnut made me work the hardest. It was so very figured that trying to plane it was difficult. I was getting tear out no matter was direction I would plane. Sanding helped.

I even used my card scrapper, but I had the most difficult time getting it sharpened correctly. Woodworking instructor William Ng told me it might be the angle I am holding it.

Anyway, I was glad it did turn out as well as it did. I almost had given up on it.

Here is another view:

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 04:31 AM

The grain on the top is just fantastic, thank you for sharing this project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 11:18 PM

Simply beautiful

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 11:42 PM

I appreciate all of your kind words.

I really mean it when I wrote earlier that I almost gave up on the black walnut top. I was getting start frsh with a different hardwood top. I was having a very difficult time trying to smooth plane its very figured wood. I had to resort to my belt sander to repair the torn wood grain from my bench plane.

If I could learn how to successful sharpen and use my card scrappers, I probably could have gotten through this walnut much easier.

I have learned that there are as many ways or techniques to sharpen card scrappers as there are woodworkers.

In a reply for help I sent to San Diego woodworker and instructor Wm Ng, I learned that my sharpening may be okay. However, I might be holding the scrapper at a wrong angle.

I have since bought Veritas’ card scrapper holder and their scrapper sharpening tool. I will report later in this channel if they have helped me in both getting an exact burr angle as well as holding it correctly. I simply have not had the time to test these new tools yet. I have a Shaker blanket chest to make first. During the sanding stage I might get the chance to use my scrapper in preparing the chest for finish coats.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 07:33 PM

This is a nice set of tables. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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