Cherry On Top...Literally

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Project by I_like_meats posted 08-08-2016 09:52 PM 2175 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd project overall, and my 1st big furniture piece. The table top and 6 side pieces of the base are cherry, and the rest of the base is poplar. First all the cherry was finished with Sam Maloof oil/poly, and then the entire table was coated with spar urethane. Doweling and glue were used for all the joinery, no screws or nails in the entire thing. I copied The Wood Whisperer’s design for his “Not so rustic rustic outdoor/indoor table”, but I shrank down the dimensions to fit my apartment. Total cost was around $350 and took about a month to build, but it was completely worth it! Criticism very welcome.

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 10:24 PM

It’s beautiful !!!
I love the color.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 08-08-2016 10:55 PM

Gorgeous piece of work! And I’ll have to say, for someone living in an apartment you’ve found a nice workspace! For three years I was stuck doing all my work on our apartment patio. :) Seriously, great work, thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 12:14 AM

Really like this. Great color combination plus very nice design.

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 01:02 AM

Very nice, clean design. Good project to introduce yourself to larger furniture pieces.

How well do the breadboard dowels handle potential wood expansion issues.

One suggestion – get some good Bessey clamps rather than the lightweight clamps shown in picture 3. They will be well worth the cost and you can get significantly more pressure on them than the hand clamps. They also work a lot better than pipe clamps. You can never have too many clamps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 01:25 AM

How well do the breadboard dowels handle potential wood expansion issues.

- EarlS

Only the middle 3 dowels received glue on the breadboard side, and I also made the holes slightly larger on the breadboard side to allow for some wiggle room. I’m hoping that compensates for expansion.

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 05:20 AM

Nice work

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 03:57 PM


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#8 posted 08-09-2016 06:37 PM

Good looking, nice “cherry” color which I really like!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 09:50 PM

Beautiful top, and some great looking poplar, too! I love my Irwin QuickGrip clamps—my Besseys have their place, too, but I love those….

Looks like solid workmanship!

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#10 posted 08-13-2016 11:18 PM

Very nice looking table.
I’m guessing your cost is for lumber.
Something to think about:
I estimated the cost of rough-sawn lumber to build the table and came up with about $120 using rather conservative (that is, high) prices and estimating the top at 32” X 64” and legs as 4” X 4” X 32” tall.
IF you buy a used jointer and/or planer and get lumber in the rough, you’ll have funds for more great projects.

-- Gary, Florida

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