Contemporary end table

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Project by AZmO posted 04-06-2018 01:53 PM 1985 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small end table built for a client who placed it between two chairs. The design had to allow for an ottoman to roll under it out of the way. The wood is a salvage Shoestring Acacia from a parking lot here in Phoenix. Sawn up at a mill and dried for several years. There is Kiln Dry and Arizona Dry… bit difference!

The legs were cut on the table saw to make the sliding dovetail. I have an 8 degree bevel blade for this so the bottom is a perfect angle. The leg was then routed on a sled to make the curved inward shape. The blue tape makes layout easy to scribe with a knife where to cut. This was hand cut and chiseled to make the female part. Glued with epoxy so it won’t come apart.

I used the live edge sap wood on the front, and again a small strip in the center of the table. That takes a template for routing the A side, then another template to make the B side. Use a long pattern bit to finish trim this. Takes some time but it is an interesting aside design element.

I have some video of making the legs etc if interested, let me know and I can upload to you tube and provide a link.

Thanks for looking.

-- Arizona Mo

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#1 posted 04-06-2018 02:57 PM

Very pretty. Interesting joints.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#2 posted 04-06-2018 03:50 PM

Nice job on the table looks great good looking wood Welcome to LumberJocks


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#3 posted 04-06-2018 06:01 PM

This is a nice looking table. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-06-2018 07:05 PM

The design giving it a unique look that could only be made by an artisan woodworker. The curve and the sliding dovetails make it special. The fact that you rescued the wood only makes it better. Beautiful, Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#5 posted 04-06-2018 07:34 PM

Thanks for the kind comments and I appreciate your time to reply back. I love this moment when things fit!

-- Arizona Mo

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#6 posted 04-06-2018 08:02 PM

Very nicely done sir.
It is really beautiful!


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

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#7 posted 04-06-2018 11:21 PM

It must have been very satisfying. Nice table!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#8 posted 04-06-2018 11:28 PM

Gorgeous Table! Congrats and thanks for posting it.

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#9 posted 04-07-2018 01:48 AM

Wow. Very interesting design and nice details. What finish did you use? Looks great!

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#10 posted 04-07-2018 01:49 AM

Very Nice Work & Well Done!

Regards: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 04-07-2018 01:55 AM

Really nice design and execution. That Acacia is very pretty.

-- Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 04-07-2018 02:00 AM

Very artistic and attractive design. Flawless execution. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 04-07-2018 02:46 PM

there we go, thinking outside the box again

really like that sapwood strip down the middle, quite the accent

-- 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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#14 posted 04-08-2018 06:37 AM

Incredible joinery and curves here!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-08-2018 04:28 PM

Nice design and execution. Well done Mo.

-- Rod - Oregon

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