Oak Side table

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Project by ChefHDAN posted 06-29-2017 02:40 PM 1627 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for the comments.. WooHoo My 1st top 3!!!

For those asking about the drawer front-
I milled the apron stock with an extra 1” of width & length, selected the grain pattern for the front, then laid out the size of the drawer. The top & bottom portions of the front face are 1” wide, which I ripped off at the TS. The center piece I then cut into 3 pieces L & R and the drawer front. Taking all 5 pieces I went to glue up the frame. CAREFULLY making sure I didn’t screw up the grain patterns, I laid out the pieces and applied glue at the top & bottom of the L & R pieces. Using shims snapped off of some laminate trim, I reassembled the initial board shimming the drawer front gap for the left & right pieces, then clamped it up, and removed the drawer front piece to be sure it wasn’t glued by squeeze out. I then narrowed the drawer front by 1/8” so that it would have 1/16th on top & bottom of the opening. The ends of the glue up are uneven from shimming the gaps, so measuring from center I cut the front apron blank to width with an extra 3/4” for a 3/8” tenon on each side. As there was quite a lot of narrow bits & pieces left from ripping down the remainders of the cross, the drawer box & guides were also constructed from the red oak

When I built the new cross for the chapel, I was left with a very large disassembled cross made from red oak. As it was 8/4 I’ve had it in the back of my mind to build a table from the stock and time and inspiration came together to begin this table. It’s all M&T with my first set of hand cut half blind dovetails. After getting a nice set of chisels I’m amazed how its simpler to do a single drawer by hand rather then setting up the jig. As the table was coming together I realized my good friend & neighbor (of 15+ years) has never asked me to help build anything and I knew he could use a table like this in his newly finished basement. Finish was 2 part, started with GF antique cherry but it dried very red, 2nd coat was GF candlestick which evened out the red tones and muted them with the brown, final top coat was 3 coats of Arm r seal brush applied.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#1 posted 06-29-2017 05:26 PM

Great job! Do you mean red oak cross? Could you share your technique on cutting out the drawer front from a bigger panel? is gluing involved? Thanks for sharing! H.

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 05:30 PM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 06-30-2017 01:18 AM

I like how the grain rises up from the pull like rays of the sun.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 06-30-2017 07:53 AM

Nice work, especially the grain matchup on the drawer. Nice attention to detail.

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

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#5 posted 06-30-2017 11:04 AM

That is great work. I to am interested in how the drawer cut out grain matches the face so well.

The flutes on the legs really give it a refined look.

I’m sure your neighbour is a good guy, but that is really too nice for a basement, unless it is a really nice basement.

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#6 posted 06-30-2017 11:29 AM

Beautiful table!!


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#7 posted 07-01-2017 05:22 PM


Lots and lots of nice detail.

Great job!

-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 12:04 AM

Nice job Dan and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 01:48 PM

Thanks to all, and much appreciation for the Top 3 , it’s surprisingly smile inducing and i was very surprised to see the email for the top 3

To the questions, (apologies for the delay, I’m in the midst of a table restoration for my wife.)

I’ll add the drawer method to the OP.

Stumpy, very pleased, I’m a subscriber and regular viewer

Harum – Yes I did mean Red Oak not redwood, ^$#!!! auto correct

Norton – They’re planning too move soon & the table will be moving to a family room as a TV stand

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#10 posted 07-03-2017 04:58 PM

This is a good looking table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 07-06-2017 12:58 AM

Thank you Charles, I’ve learned much from your comments and advice

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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