Cherry side table (first real project)

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I just joined LJ and thought I should post a project. This is a pretty basic side table that I built with cherry wood. I used the Craftsman Tile-Top table plan from Woodsmith, but I decided not to do the tiles on the top and just go with a glue-up top. This was my first project which I completed earlier this year, and I learned a lot and am now working on something a bit more ambitious (with a drawer!). But this piece fits nicely in our house and the wife is happy with it.

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 05:18 AM

Welcome to LJ! I am amazed with the projects talented woodworkers post here every day and you will be too.
This is pretty impressive for your first project! Your mortise and tenons are really tight.
Keep them coming!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 05:20 AM

Very nice table, welcome to LJs

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 12:11 PM

Well done!! Welcome to LJ’s.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 02:35 PM

Great job! Looks good. Drawers with dovetails? Continue to think outside the box. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 02:41 PM

Hugepark – it looks well done. And of course I like it because it is very much like MY first project, posted here earlier this year :)

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 05:50 PM

I like it ! The curves on the stretchers are a nice touch. Looks infintely more sturdy than the junk from big box stores.

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 06:04 PM

That is a marvelous table and exceptional for a first project. I built matching tables similar to yours (posted here somewhere). I love the A&C style. Don’t let the drawers intimidate you. Just make an open topped box out of secondary wood and then put a front on from your “good” wood.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 08:22 PM

Thanks to all for the warm and welcoming comments—what a friendly board this is!

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 12:19 AM

That looks great. Good call on omitting the tile. What did you use to finish it?


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#10 posted 07-18-2012 01:07 AM

@lumberjoe—the finish is probably the part I’m least happy with (other than a few other mistakes I made!). I didn’t realize how blotchy stain can get on cherry but I found that out on some test pieces. I had already put everything together with cherry though so I just took a safer route and used an amber colored bulls eye shellac and put some poly on top of that. I’ve heard that cherry darkens over time so we’ll just wait and see.

The current project I’m using quartersawn white oak (which I’ve used on some smaller weekend projects), and so I’m thinking it will be easier than cherry to get the color I’m looking for.

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 02:33 AM

RE: The blotch issue, check out Charles Neil’s “Blotch Control” Reviewed on this website and Woodwhisperer.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 04:13 AM

Thanks @DocSavage45

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 10:59 AM

That is a sturdy looking table. Well done!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 11:23 PM

Now that is a beautiful table! That is just the style I love and you did a great job of bringing out the simple beauty of the style. I have always thought that the mission ( craftsman arts and crafts ) stlye looks very nice when done n cherry. I think you just proved my point with that table.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#15 posted 07-22-2012 05:58 PM

Looking forward to seeing your next project. As Charles says, “keep the finish in mind, its half the project.” :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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