Mission End Table

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Project by ATHiker posted 04-17-2008 03:23 PM 2147 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project. It is the ever popular table from Popular Mechanics built with cherry and with a few modifications to the drawer. The finish is a natural Danish Oil from Watco and then 3 coats of satin polyurethane. Everything was finished prior to assembly. Overall the table was quite an adventure, with few power tools (circular saw, miter saw and drill) to speed up the process. My project list is growing quickly after successfully completing the table.

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 03:35 PM

very nice looking table, how long did it take you?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 03:36 PM

Wow hiker. How did you do half blink dove tails with no router? This is a great table and for a first project it is remarkable. How did you demeinsion your lumber? I’m curious how you did this and with what tools. I have a lot of tools and I don’t think I could make this table.

Very nice work.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 03:59 PM

The half blind dovetails were done by hand with chisels and a dozuki saw. There were many practice joints done in poplar first. The whole table took about 3 months with many lessons learned along the way.

As for dimensioning lumber: The legs started off as a 9” wide rough piece of 8/4. I hand planed both faces flat with jack and smooth planes and then ripped the legs with a circular saw and a cutting guide. After that I flattened the sides from the circular saw cut. The aprons and lower shelf were all S3S lumber. The top was a piece of rough 4/4 about 72” long. One of my favorite parts was flattening the top and watching the character of the wood appear.

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 04:16 PM

Great looking table!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 04:51 PM

wow…amazing job…your skill level for a first project and few tools is clearly high…welcome to LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 05:43 PM

Wow. If you were able to do this on your first attempt, and were able to take the time to do it right, you certainly have what it takes to be an outstanding woodworker!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 10:24 PM

Great looking end table.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 04-18-2008 12:33 AM

Very nice end table for your first project. You did a great job with the tools you had to work with. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-18-2008 03:27 AM

This is a beautiful table. I am a fan of mission style furniture and cherry is my favorite wood with which to work what is not to like about this project.

You did a wonderful job on this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 04-24-2008 03:30 AM

This is a great piece. Outstanding craftmanship. I just did a mission style table as well. Don’t you just love the satisfaction of cutting those handcut dovetails.

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#11 posted 06-06-2008 05:13 PM

I’m ready to see your third project!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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