Walnut Maple End Tables

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Project by RobS76 posted 07-15-2020 09:31 PM 598 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I step father built a new house and asked for some tables for his living room. After I said sure, he said he need two different heights… ><

He did not specify what wood, features, or design. So I had the total artistic freedom. I just started sketching ideas and rough dimensions. The build seemed to change constantly as I would change things on the fly to get around problems that would pop up and aesthetics that just didn’t look quite right.

So I made two sets of end tables. Walnut with curly maple accents. The drawers are dovetailed butternut with curly maple fronts. The table tops are walnut/maple tongue and grooved panels with mitered corners. The corners were re-enforced with floating tenons.

Again, powers tools for the brunt of the work sizing the stock. Then hand tools for the finishing, smoothing, adjustments.

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 11:13 PM

Looks great, really like the inlays.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#2 posted 07-16-2020 01:37 AM

A nice looking set of tables. Great proportions and wood combination.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 07-16-2020 07:34 PM

Beautiful. The inlay ties the drawers in with the walnut.

-- Pax - Maryland

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Jeff Vicenzi

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#4 posted 07-17-2020 03:10 PM

Really nice looking, I really like the tops. I’m curious if you did anything to allow for wood movement of the center of the top which is trapped by the mitered border? Maybe the top is small enough that you don’t have to worry about it? Or maybe the center of table is plywood? Just curious because I’d like to build a table top like this sometime.

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#5 posted 07-17-2020 07:12 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

Jeff, The width is only 18” I didn’t expect a lot of movement. The border is tongue and grooved to the center panel and the corners have a floating tenon to help with glue surface area. It is all solid 3/4” wood. And the maple “inlay” is actually full thickness and was also tongue and grooved to the center and the border.

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