Contemporary side table

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Project by theoldfart posted 04-27-2020 02:23 AM 1249 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a set of night stands. My wife decided that they needed to be in the living room so that’s where they went. I made the first one several years ago but life and all of it’s insanity intervened so the final one was just completed. The design is my own. I prefer simple clean lines and minimal ornamentation. The wood is domestic cherry from a New England farm of a friend. A majority of the work was by hand tools, all of the joinery was by hand.

The curved relief on the legs was done with a turning saw and a compass plane.

Too keep everything aligned during the build and glue up I used a pair of pine frames.

The top pieces forming the floating top frame were nailed into the upright mortices with bamboo skewers.

Finish is natural Danish oil and wipe on satin poly.

I don’t know if I should take this as a bad omen but a hummingbird flew into my shop and pooped on the table right after i did the last coat of wipe on poly!

Edit: I finally finished the repair of the old table(put the top fasteners on the wrong side) so here they are together.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#1 posted 04-27-2020 03:13 AM

Nicely done.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 04-27-2020 05:01 AM

Beautiful table, design and build, Kevin.
Anointed by an air ballerina! What a memory :-D

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 04-27-2020 06:10 AM

Looking at them pretty tables then someone had to slip in a Pic of that messy bench again:) Mighty Fine!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 04-27-2020 08:23 AM

Terrific job Kev. I really like your design and the quality speaks for itself. I believe in Native American culture, hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy. I’m willing to bet that you’ll never knock a glass of wine over on that table. The one you made earlier I’m not so sure about, so put that one next to where your wife sits. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 04-27-2020 12:08 PM

Great table, Blondie just asked me to make one for our guest room. Like this style.

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

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#6 posted 04-27-2020 01:22 PM

Beautiful. I really love the faceted legs and the floating top.

Not sure that you can say that something that is an ornament itself has minimal ornamentation! ;-)

May the hummingbird of good luck always poop on your freshly finished pieces.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-27-2020 01:22 PM

Awesome work Kev :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 04-27-2020 04:04 PM

Very nice tables, Kevin! And the hummingbird of love has smiled upon your work. Can’t see any better endorsement. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-27-2020 05:46 PM

Nice design, and great implementation Kevin. Hummingbird poop is a revered commodity in numerous nations. 37 years of wild sax if it lands on your table. Hope you like Jazz…... :-)

I like the pine glue up frame almost as much as the table, smart there.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 04-27-2020 06:09 PM

Steve, Coltrane and Cannonball for sure!

Thanks for the compliments folks. Almost done with the repair on the older table.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 04-27-2020 06:39 PM

It’s simply stunning Kev. I love your design! Your skills shine in the results.

I dig the pine frame use, clever.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 04-27-2020 07:45 PM

That’s so great, Kevin. Those curves came out so well.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#13 posted 04-27-2020 08:07 PM

that looks great. I was going to start with “wow” but that that would sound like i was surprised!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 04-27-2020 08:22 PM

Thanks all. just edited the post and put up a pic of the tables together.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#15 posted 04-27-2020 09:20 PM

Very nice! I like how you did the leg.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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