Rotating End Table

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Project by CL810 posted 08-04-2019 11:05 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked for an end table that would be round and rotate like a lazy susan for storing her books and knitting next to her favorite chair. This was the design that was settled on. It is 24” tall and in diameter. The shelves are 10.5” tall.

There’s not a lot to this build but I think there are two points of interest: the finish and the turntable.

The second picture shows the unfinished wood for comparison to the wood after finishing. The finish I decided to use was described in Fine Woodworking article #273 February 2019 written by Tim Purro. The wood is cherry and it is very reactive to lye. Two teaspoons of lye in 8 ounces of water produced this effect. I then applied 4 coats of Zinseer Sealcoat, dewaxed shellac. Then I applied 3 coats of lacquer. I am especially happy with how the finish turned out.

The third picture shows the 20” TamBee heavy duty turntable bearing I purchased from Amazon.

Thanks for looking and feel free to comment or ask questions.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#1 posted 08-05-2019 04:24 AM

Very nice project, I bet your wife is happy with the result. I love the finish and I happen to be working with some cherry at the moment that looks like what you started with. A friend gave me an old slab of cherry that I made a bread box out of that didn’t need anything but BLO to almost look as dark as your end table. I think I might try this also, it came out really nice looking. Thanks for the tip.

I’ve used a heat gun to make purpleheart deep purple and was thinking about trying that. But that was for a few very small accent pieces, not a larger area. That would probably be very difficult to do without it looking very blotchy.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#2 posted 08-05-2019 05:52 AM

Congrats on your table. The finish is absolutely stunning!

-- MAO (Indiana)

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