Small Spalted Cherry Table

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Project by TechRedneck posted 03-23-2012 07:02 PM 4618 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a request from my mom. She wanted a small table to sit beside the couch to set a cup of coffee on.

I have a fair amount of rough cut cherry which was planed down to 3/4”. This gave me a chance to work with the Jessem doweling jig (highly recommended). Since the top and shelf are spalted and figured, the boards were finished with a hand plane and scraper.

The legs were glued and shaped on the band saw then hand planed to remove the saw marks. I made a pattern for the aprons out of 1/2” fiberboard then rough cut them on the band saw and finished them with a flush trim bit on the router with the pattern taped to the wood. Afterward the edges were hand scraped and lightly sanded with 220 grit.

Finish on the top is five coats of high gloss tung oil and the remainder of the table has three coats of Danish oil.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 07:08 PM

Nice little Table Tech!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 08:20 PM

Very nice. That cherry came out great.

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 09:35 PM

nice job. That cherry grain really pops on the top.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 10:12 PM

Nice table. I really like the grain in the cherry beautiful.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 10:47 PM

Ooh, I like that top, good job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 11:09 AM

You did a wonderful job with that top.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 11:18 AM

That’s very nice and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 05:45 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Since combining power and hand tools, I am gaining more confidence and starting to tackle more interesting designs and use more figured woods. It took some practice to learn how to use the planes and scraper. I check this website almost every day and have learned a lot.

After a few passes through the drum sander, I removed the sanding lines with several passes of a nice sharp hand plane or scraper and only lightly touched the table with fine grit paper between coats. A year ago I would have spent a lot of time with a random orbit sander to prep for finish.

Old school hand tools and methods are worth learning in my opinion.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 12:57 AM

Great wood makes for great furniture. LOVE the bookmatching!

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#10 posted 03-26-2012 01:07 AM

Tech, looks great…was this some of the big bundle of cherry you bought a while back? It is amazing looking.

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 04:10 AM


Yes this was the cherry that was headed for the pallet mill. Most of it was 4/4 and 5/4 a few crapy boards but heck, 200 bf for $60.. It was a great buy.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#12 posted 04-02-2012 09:02 AM

Beautiful job and a nice little project to keep mum happy. That cherry looks fantastic. Well done

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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