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Project by 1tacoshort posted 11-26-2020 04:18 AM 966 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to grow my woodworking skills so I picked a project for which I can learn to cut dovetails.

I had some leftover wood from previous projects so I designed an end table that would use those. I looked up some Stickley designs, checked out Pinterest, and laid out some thoughts on SketchUp. Most of the techniques were familiar: mortice and tenon, curved legs, and resawing slats. Making a drawer, though, was a first. I watched Rob Cosman’s 350 videos on fitting a drawer, Tom McLaughlin’s series on his shaker side table, and a bunch of dovetail videos. I’m happy with my drawer except that it’s a little tight in its hole. Over time, we’ll also see whether I’ve accommodated wood movement well enough.

I had to use a different finishing regime on this project that on previous ones. My old one was fine but, unfortunately, General Finishes discontinued the Early American stain on which it was based. I settled on a variant of Steve Erwin's approach. It gives me a really good color and it pops the grain and the figure in the wood but I’m unhappy with the level of blotchiness I get. I imagine it has something to do with my technique and I’ll be practicing to try to improve that.

Ultimately, though, I think I’m happy with my end table.

-- Wade





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1tacoshort

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#1 posted 11-26-2020 04:23 AM

Here are some other angles on the table.

-- Wade

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 11-26-2020 04:53 AM

I like that. A&C meets Bigfoot. Nice work.

Roycroft liked the idea. Taper went the other way, but both have a Bigfoot. A style with so many elements, gives a creative mind a lot of latitude.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 11-26-2020 04:53 AM

Hmmm, a double tap.

-- Think safe, be safe

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jeff

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#4 posted 11-26-2020 05:31 AM

It very nice.I love the legs.I’m going to put this in my favorites.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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1tacoshort

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#5 posted 11-26-2020 05:41 AM



It very nice.I love the legs.I m going to put this in my favorites.

Wow! Thanks, Jeff!

-- Wade

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Eric

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#6 posted 11-26-2020 12:20 PM

Very nice, grain popped very well. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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EarlS

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#7 posted 11-26-2020 12:37 PM

Nice work. The curved, tapered legs make more of an A&C look than the usual block legs that are associated with the Mission style.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Eeyore

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#8 posted 11-26-2020 01:01 PM

Ultimately, though, I think I m happy with my end table.

I think you have a lot to be happy with! What a great project.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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artsyfartsy

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#9 posted 11-26-2020 02:22 PM

I love arts and crafts furniture. You did a fine job on this. Now if you had another, you’d have one for both sides of the couch.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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UnclePoPo

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#10 posted 11-26-2020 02:29 PM

Great work and finish!!

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 11-26-2020 02:54 PM

Nice collection of details that make for a fine table. looks like some great work! I recently struggled with determining a proper drawer gap, time will also tell if I chose correctly 8^)

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jessyeigh

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#12 posted 11-26-2020 03:58 PM

Beautiful piece. Well balanced, clean and solid. Great finish.

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BurlyBob

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#13 posted 11-26-2020 10:51 PM

Yeah, That’s totally wonderful.

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1tacoshort

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#14 posted 11-27-2020 06:08 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your very kind words!

-- Wade

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#15 posted 11-27-2020 10:30 AM

Very nice table!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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