Cherry Table

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Project by drsurfrat posted 04-18-2022 12:50 PM 824 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

42” table made of cherry. Finished with a mix of scrapers and sanding. A coat of tung oil and a spray-on polyurethane on the top for added toughness.

This was a handful of parts inherited from a Grandfather-in-law. It was originally two part semicircular leaves that seemed to be intended to expand, but I couldn’t figure out what mechanism he intended to use with such a narrow apron and cabriolet legs. So I turned it into a solid top and fixed base. Now it will go to his Granddaughter / my niece as she starts in her new apartment.

The cherry must be pretty old, it was looking the usual strawberry-blond as I sanded, but once the oil was on, it turned dark like it had been sitting for 50 years. I wish I could find the secret to that. Or the source of wood.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#1 posted 04-18-2022 12:59 PM

Nice looking table Mike

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#2 posted 04-18-2022 01:04 PM

Looks like that “handful of parts” fell into the right hands Mike. Really nice work and I bet your niece will enjoy it for many years.

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

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#3 posted 04-18-2022 01:10 PM

Beautiful table Mike, well done on finishing it up. Cherry is a great wood to work with, and those legs look great.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 04-18-2022 01:46 PM

Very nice Mike :-) I love Cherry!

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

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#5 posted 04-18-2022 01:55 PM

very nice rehab -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 04-18-2022 02:54 PM

Wonderful table & beautiful color!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 04-18-2022 03:36 PM

Thanks guys. It is kinda cool that it’ll pass through 3 generations. The legs were already done, so I can’t take credit for that. I made cabriolet legs once, it was a LOT of work.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#8 posted 04-18-2022 03:48 PM

looks great doc,nice job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 04-18-2022 04:03 PM

Turned out to be really nice, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 04-18-2022 04:25 PM

First glance and I thought Cherry? Sure looks like Walnut! Great job, love them legs!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 04-18-2022 04:45 PM

Great looking table.

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#12 posted 04-18-2022 05:06 PM

Beautiful table and a nice story. You gave it justice and the family will carry it on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 04-18-2022 05:37 PM

Very nice table Mike. Make sure your niece knows how to care for it.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 04-18-2022 05:46 PM

I’m a leg man myself.
Beautiful heirloom Mike and great that you’ve breathed some more life into it.
Great job on the restoration.

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#15 posted 04-18-2022 08:42 PM

Nice, Mike! Not sure about what the difference in the cherry is, but I’m with Duck on making sure your niece knows how to take care of it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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