cherry walnut and cherry end table

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Project by dasnipa posted 08-02-2011 01:27 AM 3110 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well, I’ve managed to complete another project. This one I am entirely thrilled with.

First things first. The story.

a couple weeks ago I helped a good friend move out of college into a place of his own. During this process it became painfully obvious how little furniture he had. (most of it belonged to his roommates). So, I told my friend I would create him something. I went to the interwebs for inspiration and came across this:

I thought, wow. That was great! (aside from that strange thing in the center who’s function I could not determine… built in ashtray?).

Anyway, so what follows is my humble take on this piece of inspiration.

Instead of the weird ashtray thing in the middle I placed a plywood substrate (fit into grooves on the inside pieces) and made some veneer out of some slightly curly cherry (my first veneer attempt). Also, after going back and forth on whether or not to try to imitate the offset legs in my inspirational piece, I decided to square the frame to the sides and go with a more traditional tapered look. Anyway, enough about that… Pictures follow, feel free to ask questions should you have any. Thanks for looking.

As usual, I have a number of ‘in progress’ pictures here:

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 01:50 AM

You have every right to be thrilled… that is a wonderful design executed beautifully…

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 01:59 AM


-- At least in the Navy no one ever told me to put the seat down.....

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 02:00 AM

Very nice work. You must have made your friend very happy.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 08-02-2011 02:08 AM

I, personally, am NOT a big fan of Cherry wood but this is very nice!!!! The design is great and the “crotch” center piece adds that special touch!!!!! LOL… pun or no pun???

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 02:28 AM

I like the twist you put on the design for the top. Taking a table that other wise is somewhat common and made a master piece out of it.

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 08:15 AM

awesome. My daughter is moving into her first place and wants me to make her something. this might be it!

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 10:14 AM

Great work on this I’m sure her loved it.

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

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 02:23 PM

This is a nice offshoot of the table you took inspiration from. The top is fantastic, and I actually like your tapered legs better. Although the offset legs on the original table are meant to catch your eye, they appear a bit cumbersome to me, simply being square.

A very nice piece, with an even nicer purpose of building it to help out your friend.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 02:37 AM

Nice. Real improvement over the terrarium model.

-- At least in the Navy no one ever told me to put the seat down.....

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#10 posted 08-03-2011 04:25 PM

What a gracious thing to do for your friend! Very nicely done!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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