Couple of Cherry Bed Tables

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Project by TechRedneck posted 01-07-2013 10:05 PM 1619 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of simple end tables custom made for my daughter’s rather small bedroom. She wanted some white to match the remainder of the furniture in the room.

It hurt a lot to paint solid cherry legs and aprons, however it is my daughter and that’s what she wanted. The tops however were some wavy cherry I was able to pick up which does give it some pop.

Construction is all solid cherry, glued the legs out of a couple 3/4” boards, dowels for joinery and screws to hold the bottom shelf in, holes were plugged with more cherry and …ugh… painted.

Finished with several coats of high gloss tung 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 01-07-2013 10:49 PM

Nice Mike. I am not going to try and ease your pain. It was painful to read that the cherry was painted. Oh, there is still cherry wood under there if you need it.

M&T construction?

How did you attach the top?

How did you taper the legs?

Just curious.

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Don W

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 11:46 PM

Man, it must have been tough swapping the paint to cherry. I feel your pain.

They came out nice though. Nice work.

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 11:56 PM

Mike Nice neat with clean lines.I like natural wood.
but If it has to be painted then use a
good quality wood. That is where you can use up
timber that is not up to a standard for a clear finish.
Still hurts to paint though. :)

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 12:13 AM


I have a Jessem doweling jig that works great on small tables like this, so dowels were used to connect the aprons to the legs.

I always dado the inside of the aprons and make buttons to attach the top to allow for wood movement. The legs were tapered using the bandsaw then shaved to the line with a couple of handplanes. All edges were eased with my little seargant block plane.

The top was glued up in two sections, trimmed on the table saw to size and run through the drum sander to flatten. Edges of the top were cut with a 1/4 roundover bit on the router table.

To remove sander marks it was finished with a card scraper to avoid tearout and lightly hand sanded with 220 to give a even surface for the finish.

-- 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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#5 posted 01-08-2013 12:25 AM

Got it Mike. I enjoy learning the construction techniques of others.

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

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 12:38 AM

At least MsDebbieP won’t be alone now. A few years back she painted some Walnut , or so the story goes.
The tops look great !

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 09:32 AM

Shame hey had to be painted, still you can take some solace from the fact they turned out very nicely and your daughter is happy.

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

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