Cherry End Tables

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Project by jwicks posted 11-17-2009 02:32 AM 2972 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After completing a walnut end table, I decided to make 2 more. This time I used cherry.

I really like the size of this project since it doesn’t use a lot of wood and can be done in a relatively short amount of time. Yet it still provides a lot of opportunities to practice and improve on a lot of woodworking skills.

Here are some things I did differently this time around:

- I tried a different technique for cutting the tenon shoulders. Rather than using a dado blade I used a bandsaw to cut the cheeks after defining the shoulders on the table saw. I found it a lot easier and it required a lot less shoulder plane work doing it this way.

- Finished all surfaces with a hand plane. I only used sandpaper to cut some of the sharp corners. I am definitely going to be doing this more whenever I can. The final surface was awesome, and generated with only a few handplane passes, and I avoided the loud and dusty process of sanding which I dread. It made the final stages a lot more enjoyable.

- Used table top fasteners that went in biscuit slots in the aprons instead of making wooden buttons.

There are lots of other opportunities to practice or learn new skills, ex. the mortises could be cut by hand along with the tenons, the tapers by bandsaw, etc, etc etc..

The finish I used was Watco Danish Oil and 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin.

-- Jon

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 03:18 AM

Very nice, I will take two.

-- Greg Leighty

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 04:28 AM

Nicely made tables!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 05:32 AM

Nice clean design. Very nice.

-- John @

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 05:50 AM

The simplicity become elegant.

Have you tried cabinet scrapers. They do a great job of providing a smooth finish too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 05:51 AM

Nice job on the end tables.

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 06:26 AM

Nice job and they sure look sturdy.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 07:27 AM

Heavy duty , Built to last …I like the arched aprons…they add a bit of style and lightness to the tables

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 03:28 PM

Those look great. Especially sitting on that granite top with the shavings in the foreground.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#10 posted 11-17-2009 05:27 PM

Great end tables.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 11-17-2009 07:12 PM

Thanks all.

The tops on these came in at just under 7/8”. I stopped once all surfaces were flat and square. The top on the walnut table is just under 3/4” since that wood had warped/cupped more while drying and was thinner to start with.

-- Jon

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#12 posted 11-17-2009 07:37 PM

@LesB, Yes I’ve got some cabinet scrapers but so far I’ve mainly used them for dealing with areas that were difficult to plane without tearout. I recently bought a LV bevel-up smoother and that has pretty much eliminated any tearout I was getting. I haven’t tried it on any exotic or curly/figured boards yet but I expect it’ll do pretty well.

-- Jon

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