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Project by Joey posted 05-16-2008 10:24 PM 1936 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table for the same friend I did the round table for at Christmas. She’s a good friend of ours who is a single mom whose husband passed away less than a year ago. She’s raising 2 kids by herself. She had asked me to build her a couple of pieces, the first being the round table for her daughter. This being the second one for her. She wanted something to match her “cherry” sleigh bed. I got the idea to get her 9 year son to help me. He was excited and thought that all he was going to do was watch and sweep up. He was wrong, after promising his mom not to let him near the table saw, He and I did alot of it together. From picking out the wood to jointing (he didn’t do this), planing (this was his favorite), cutting the sliding dovetails, to sanding. The only thing he didn’t help with was building the drawers and staining. He picked out and mounted the handles by himself, with just a little help. I enjoyed spending the time with him, and he’s decided he’s going to start woodworking.

The table is cherry. The dividers between the drawers are joined with sliding dovetails. The only mechanical fasteners are the screws and figure eights attaching the top to the body. The cherry came from a local tree and is the same lumber i found the .22 round in. It is stained to match her bedroom set (i only stain cherry if someone requests it and it better be for a good reason) and finished with wipe on satin poly. The drawer sides are poplar and pluged with walnut.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#1 posted 05-16-2008 10:43 PM

Very nice! good job getting the kid involved.. beats video games any day.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 11:19 PM

Ditto that, David! I, too, find it rewarding to offer my services to friends and neighbors from time to time—especially the widowed and/or divorced who struggle day-to-day with inadequate income. And getting a kid excited about woodworking is about as good as it gets. Congrats.

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 11:20 PM

Great looking project Joey….. and an even better story behind it. He’ll remember this for the rest of his life. YOU have made a difference!

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#4 posted 05-17-2008 01:27 AM

From my screen the item looks to have an aged look. Suits the piece though. Nicely done.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 05-17-2008 02:15 AM

Nice going, Joey. I’m sure the little guy will always remember the experience.

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2008 02:15 AM

I can certainly appreciate the effort you put into dovetailing those drawer stretchers in. Nice job.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 05-17-2008 02:33 AM

Tell that kid he can come and help me anytime, he does good work and so do you. Very nice. She should be tickled to death with what you have produced for her, not only spending quality time with her youngster, but making this beautiful dresser for her, you did good. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 04:06 AM

A very touching story. You both did well.

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

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#9 posted 05-17-2008 04:47 AM

Very well done. You have made a friend for life.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 05-17-2008 05:03 AM

Fantastic story and great table !

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

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#11 posted 05-18-2008 06:00 AM

great piece and story.
it’s nice of you to reach out and help like this.

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 10-28-2008 05:58 AM

That is a very nice chest of drawers!! Great design, and I love the dovetails!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 09-26-2017 01:14 PM

This bedside table is so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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