side table with W-tailed drawers

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Project by stoffer posted 01-24-2007 10:34 PM 1866 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My uncle gave me some rough cherry boards he milled from trees he cut down when building his house. I turned them into small side tables – about the right size to sit beside an easy chair and set a drink down on. I had just enough lumber for three tables – one for me, one for my uncle and one for my dad. Since all our last names start with W (duh!) I thought a little customization was in order. In stead of dovetails for the drawer joints I made “W tails.” If you tilt your head to the left it looks like a letter W. Still plenty strong for this little drawer but I thought it was a nice custom touch.

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#1 posted 01-25-2007 12:28 AM

Neat idea! I love working with cherry. I like the design, yours? or a plan?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 12:37 AM

Thanks. This was my first project in cherry and it is a very nice wood to work with. The sides of the drawers are actually white oak that I had left over. The design is all mine. It was not the first time I tried modifying the profile of the dove tails. I made a night stand for my wife with the tops of her initials, BHW, holding the drawer front to the sides. The fit was not as tight as I would like (I need more practice) but the contrast between the walnut front and white oak sides was nice.

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 12:51 AM

Stoffer, nice work, particularly like you willingness to experiment with joints.

Most of my joints turn out to be experiments as well. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 12:54 AM

what a unique and sneaky way to personalize the tables!!!
They are beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 02:34 AM

I love the drawers. I have a dovetail jig, so mine are all uniform, but the lack the sweetness of homemade. Very nice.

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 03:06 AM

Nice work, very elegant looking table

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#7 posted 01-25-2007 06:42 AM

Very nice petite looking tables.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 02-14-2007 07:04 AM

Looks great Iam going to learn how to do handmade dovetails and do some end tables. Again Great work.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 01-23-2009 09:12 PM

Incredible figure in the tops ! Overall , very nice tables and I see you’ve selected various pulls for the drawers. I’m glad this came up for me to see after all this time : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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