Nested End Table(s)

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Project by greg48 posted 09-10-2018 07:13 PM 1539 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

YiaYia has been on a new furniture tear this summer and I have been tasked with building some accessories for the new additions. This is my first response, nested end tables in the Craftsman style.

We started off viewing different images on the “old” computer then set about customizing the selection by sizing it for our furniture and design elements from same and rendered them up on SketchUp to refine the elements. The original intent was to construct the tables with quarter sawn white oak (QSWO), but after tallying up the board footage, the sticker shock forced me to consider a different raw material. I went with red oak and found some curly grain in the 8/4 stock which made me “feel” much better and was much kinder on my checking account.

Since my interior designer didn’t care to see any side braces or through joinery, I went with the standard mortise and tenon and incorporated shallow arches on the stretchers. The tops, aprons, and stretchers are 3/4 stock, the side slats are of 2/4 stock, and the legs are 7/4 stock except for the smaller table where I used 6/4 material. All exposed edges were “broken” with sandpaper except for the tops which were radiused with a 1/8” round over bit. The tops were attached to the bases using figure 8 fasteners for a low profile movable attachment to account for any seasonal wood movement (hopefully).

The project was stained with a 50/50 mix of Varathane ® “Honey” and “Dk. Walnut” oil stain. The bases were sealed with several coats of lacquer and the tops were sealed with poly-urethane for a more durable surface.

That’s it for now. Next in line is a table or perhaps a floor lamp, never made one of those. Thanks for looking in and all comments, disparaging or not, are welcome. In the mean time, I am looking forward to the new NHL season – Go Sharks!.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 09:30 PM

Absolutely stunning Greg I love the figure to the red oak and this is one of my favourite styles of furniture I nailed this project and sure to get a Top 3 award….

Great job

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 09:58 PM

The grain of that red oak is awesome, design is very nice, and nested tables, what can you say, they allow you to give every couple at the party their own table, so nice, so portable.

Great job, thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 10:38 PM

These look fantastic Greg.
I agree with the others…...that figure really pops!
Nicely done sir!

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

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 10:39 PM

The two before covered a lot of what I liked about these pieces. The grain pattern is envious to say the least. Really nice work my friend.

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 11:22 PM

ditto to all the above,a gorgeous set of tables.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 09-11-2018 01:13 AM

NIce work on a set of tables. Red oak usually doesn’t do much for me, but the color you achieved is awesome.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 09-11-2018 11:03 AM

Thanks for posting, awesome grain, nice design.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 09-11-2018 02:06 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments, but I must admit that the credit is not all mine. HIS fingerprints are all over this one.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#9 posted 09-11-2018 04:36 PM

Nice work-very cute. Also very challenging to make.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 09-11-2018 11:42 PM

Greg , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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