Side Tables for Friends

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Project by descolada posted 12-14-2016 05:42 AM 1620 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these tables for some friends who recently got married. They wanted to get their first nice furniture and so we first determined what their appt could fit and then started on the design. I sent them pictures of my previous work as well as many of yours and they picked out design elements that they liked and I help guide them and then I put it all together. They had especially good fun picking out the boards for the tops and picking out the board widths and arrangements once they were ready. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the top ages as the purpleheart and paduk get darker while the sapele and bubinga stay the same.

This is my first time mixing wood species in a panel like this and it definitely highlighted how differently these different woods work. Smoothing the sapele was much more fun than that purple heart and the qrt sawn sections of the bubinga. I also recalled making similar legs out of bubinga for a previous project and it was much more fun doing that in maple: this time I managed to make it through those legs without burning myself on my scrapers or spokeshaves.

On a side note I’m proud that this is the first time I get to include the “drawer partially extended to show off handcut dovetails” picture in one of my projects. These are my first handcut ones in real furniture and first ever half-blind.

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#1 posted 12-14-2016 07:07 AM

Modern but timeless at the same time. I really like them. I like the risk that was taken using the different wood species for the top. It really paid of. I think your friends will be proud of those tables for the rest of their lives. Take care, George

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#2 posted 12-14-2016 09:09 AM

Nice work, great details

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-14-2016 11:30 AM

Beautiful work! Found myself staring at them a bit! .... in a good way! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 01:09 PM

Very cool. I love ‘em!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-14-2016 02:34 PM

I really like the style of this, great job

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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#6 posted 12-14-2016 04:35 PM

Awesome wood mix and incredible fine design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-14-2016 04:39 PM

Very unique look with the different species of wood for the top. Nice detail with the dovetails. Looks fantastic!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 12-14-2016 06:48 PM

Gorgeous! love the design as well as woodwork! Great job

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#9 posted 12-14-2016 07:08 PM

Beautiful work! Found myself staring at them a bit! .... in a good way! :)

- woodshaver (Tony)

I agree with Tony … I too found myself staring for a bit … especially at the legs. Great job! Reminds me of the “modern” furniture popular in the 60s and 70s. Love the contrasting woods. You have pretty good eye for design!

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#10 posted 12-14-2016 07:11 PM

The curves you put on the legs really compliment the top.

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#11 posted 12-14-2016 07:12 PM

Stunning! Can I be your friend too?

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#12 posted 12-14-2016 08:12 PM

These have an unusual design but very creative and they certainly are an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 12-15-2016 12:54 AM

wonderful colors on the tabletops

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#14 posted 12-15-2016 03:15 PM

looks great

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#15 posted 03-27-2018 05:33 PM

Very cool. I’ve been looking through projects on here because I’m about to start cutting joinery on a coffee table with some wide aprons that attach to somewhat skinny legs. Others have voiced concerns about wood movement in wide M&T joints causing them to “explode” over time. How did you manage that joint here?

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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