Elegant Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by eagleknight posted 01-01-2013 12:42 AM 4302 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second project I finished in early 2012. This table came out really nice and I am proud of this piece. This is an original design I came up with taking some elements from the end table I built. I like craftsman style and the slat bottom is where the inspiration for that part of the table came from. I like to stick to clean lines, but not “too” shaker style like. This table I used all mortise and tenon joinery. The two drawers can be opened from either side. I used a sliding dovetail with walnut pins. The drawers are solid poplar.

I first had trouble with the finish. When I started with the top I had terrible blotching. I ended up having to sand the top down again. I ordered the Charles Neil wood treatment. This stuff works great! I was impressed. I put on two coats and hit it with 320 before staining with an oil-based red mahogany. I had to put on two coats of stain to reach the correct color. I then used a varnish satin finish.

-- Matthew Sherman -

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 01:40 AM

Great looking table. I actually just drew up some plans nearly identical but using walnut and maple, so I may be a bit biased to the design!

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 03:36 AM

Well done. I like the pinned drawers with the contrasting wood. Nice touch. As a suggestion, you may want to try putting a thin coat of shellac on the wood prior to staining. It dries quickly and you can sand to 320. Just a thought.

You should be proud of this.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 04:01 AM

This is Elegant ,a unbelievable second build,beautiful .


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#4 posted 01-01-2013 04:28 AM

Project looks great. I like the color. Looks like the blotch control work very well.

I’ve been wanting to try the blotch and went to order 4 quarts but shipping to Alaska kind of kill the deal. 4 quarts cost 70.88 and UPS ground to Alaska would be 51.74 for a total of 121.62 for a gallon. Guess I need to move back the lower

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 04:43 AM

You did a great job on this project. Looking forward to some moer of your projects.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 05:20 AM

Great looking table! What did you build it out of?

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 01:41 PM

Great looking table.

-- All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 01:56 PM

looks great

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 02:49 PM

Thanks for the comments. I will have to try that on future projects kbiniowa. I did use shellac for the drawers.

-- Matthew Sherman -

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 03:08 PM

I love coffee tables with the open slats on the bottom. and just this morning i was reading an article in FWW about using doweled pegs and rabbets to hold together drawers. nice job

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 01-01-2013 04:53 PM

Nice table! I like the pinned half dovetail drawers.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 01-01-2013 10:16 PM

Awesome job!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 11:30 PM

This is only your second project? Wow, you’ve got some major talent. This is gorgeous. I too, love the pinned drawers with contrasting wood. The hardware you used is really nice, as well. Do you have a source for the drawer pulls?

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#15 posted 01-02-2013 01:49 AM

LeslieC I bought the hardware from Lee Valley. I thought those pulls fit the piece perfectly.,49938&p=64072

-- Matthew Sherman -

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