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Project by Derek Cohen posted 07-31-2019 02:28 PM 769 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A Harlequin is a comic figure, a jester, and fun. This side table is intended to convey a sense of fun.

“Harlequin” refers to the mix of timbers in the drawers. A harlequin design is often thought of as a diamond pattern, but does also include a rectangular checkerboard.

Timbers
The case is Hard Maple from the USA.
The drawer fronts are Black Walnut, figured Hard Maple, and pink Jarrah.
The drawer sides are quarter sawn Tasmanian Oak (for stability), and the drawer bottoms/slips were made from Tasmanian Blue Gum (some contrast).
The drawer pulls were carved from some type of Ebony.

Finish
Finish was, initially, two coats of dewaxed UBeaut Hard White Shellac (the very faint amber adds a little warmth to the cold Maple), followed by three coats of General Finishes water-based poly (this remains clear and does not yellow the Maple. It also provides some UV protection. It is hard wearing, which is necessary for a side table).

Construction
The construction features mitred and rounded through dovetails, and a bow front and back.
Eight drawers featuring compound dovetailing to match the bow front.
The drawers are traditional half-blind dovetails at the front and through dovetails at the rear, with drawer bottoms into slips.

About 2 months to build, mainly on weekends.

Here is the rear of the table (which will be seen through the windows, which run floor-to-ceiling along the family room …

The pulls were shaped from what-I-believe-to-be-some-type-of Ebony …

The obligatory dovetails …

Do you think that anyone will notice that the drawer bottoms run sequentially? :)

And this one is for Bill, who was concerned that the chamfers at the end of the drawers (to ease entry into the case) might impair their extension …

A last look …

Thursday morning I haul the table to the Perth Wood Show for the annual furniture competition. Wish me luck.

The full build is on my website. Scroll down to “Harlequin Side Table”: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/index.html

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com





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HokieKen

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#1 posted 07-31-2019 02:33 PM

A lovely table Derek! I enjoyed following your design and build process. Good luck at the competition :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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bch

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#2 posted 07-31-2019 02:38 PM

Stunning execution. I love the rounded dovetails and the sequential bottoms!

-- --bch

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#3 posted 07-31-2019 02:49 PM

Beautiful piece. Great details all the way around.

I do have a question though. Have you used the polyurethane over the shellac before? I thought that shellac and poly don’t play well together?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 07-31-2019 02:51 PM

Gorgeous work Derek,
I also enjoyed following the process. Great joinery and beautiful design and execution.
jon

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Derek Cohen

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#5 posted 07-31-2019 03:21 PM



Beautiful piece. Great details all the way around.

I do have a question though. Have you used the polyurethane over the shellac before? I thought that shellac and poly don t play well together?

- Lazyman

It has worked extremely well for the kitchen I build about 3 years ago now. I chose this combination specifically for Hard Maple:

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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#6 posted 07-31-2019 03:28 PM

Beautiful design and execution, Derek. Best of luck at the show.

I particularly like how the legs flow into the body.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 07-31-2019 03:45 PM

Beautiful Harlequin Table, superior workmanship. (Thursday morning I haul the table to the Perth Wood Show for the annual furniture competition. Wish me luck) Not only do I wish you luck, I expect you to be the top contender. Keep us posted.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 07-31-2019 04:02 PM

Beautiful piece. I envy your creativity and craftmanship. Knock ‘em dead at the competition!

-- Just make the cut

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#9 posted 07-31-2019 04:06 PM

Looks fantastic Derek. Love watching your pieces come together.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#10 posted 07-31-2019 04:19 PM

oh wow this piece is just stunning,your dovetail work is impeccable.i love your design and the way youve done your legs.i dont know how ive missed your past work but i will make sure that doesn’t happen again,ive added you to my collection of aussie buddies.you are a great craftsman and i wish you the best of luck at the show.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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harum

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#11 posted 07-31-2019 04:24 PM

Great project! Sure it was fun to design and build. Good luck at the show! Don’t quite see if the drawer fronts are curved too. Or some of the sides of the drawers are of different length to follow the bow?

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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Derek Cohen

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#12 posted 07-31-2019 04:30 PM



Great project! Sure it was fun to design and build. Good luck at the show! Don t quite see if the drawer fronts are curved too. Or some of the sides of the drawers are of different length to follow the bow?

- harum

Harum, the drawer fronts are curved as well – which required compound dovetailing. The process is in this thread, which was for a previous project, a bow-fronted apothecary chest: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/TheApothecaryChestWeekend9.html

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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#13 posted 07-31-2019 08:01 PM

That is good work! congrats on DT3

-- Petey

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#14 posted 07-31-2019 08:33 PM

I have followed the detailed build over on SMC and overwhelmed with the craftsmanship. It is incredible. However, the design and style is not my cup of tea.

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#15 posted 07-31-2019 08:52 PM

Beautiful Table!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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