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I wanted to grow my woodworking skills so I picked a project for which I can learn to cut dovetails.

I had some leftover wood from previous projects so I designed an end table that would use those. I looked up some Stickley designs, checked out Pinterest, and laid out some thoughts on SketchUp. Most of the techniques were familiar: mortice and tenon, curved legs, and resawing slats. Making a drawer, though, was a first. I watched Rob Cosman's 350 videos on fitting a drawer, Tom McLaughlin's series on his shaker side table, and a bunch of dovetail videos. I'm happy with my drawer except that it's a little tight in its hole. Over time, we'll also see whether I've accommodated wood movement well enough.

I had to use a different finishing regime on this project that on previous ones. My old one was fine but, unfortunately, General Finishes discontinued the Early American stain on which it was based. I settled on a variant of Steve Erwin's approach. It gives me a really good color and it pops the grain and the figure in the wood but I'm unhappy with the level of blotchiness I get. I imagine it has something to do with my technique and I'll be practicing to try to improve that.

Ultimately, though, I think I'm happy with my end table.

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I like that. A&C meets Bigfoot. Nice work.

Roycroft liked the idea. Taper went the other way, but both have a Bigfoot. A style with so many elements, gives a creative mind a lot of latitude.

 

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It very nice.I love the legs.I'm going to put this in my favorites.
 

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Very nice, grain popped very well. Great job.
 

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Nice work. The curved, tapered legs make more of an A&C look than the usual block legs that are associated with the Mission style.
 

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Ultimately, though, I think I m happy with my end table.
I think you have a lot to be happy with! What a great project.
 

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I love arts and crafts furniture. You did a fine job on this. Now if you had another, you'd have one for both sides of the couch.
 

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Nice collection of details that make for a fine table. looks like some great work!
I recently struggled with determining a proper drawer gap, time will also tell if I chose correctly 8^)
 

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Beautiful piece. Well balanced, clean and solid. Great finish.
 

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The craftsmanship is outstanding. And for first at dovetails it's like you were making them for years. I also like Roycroft furniture.

I think your design would also look good in QSWO.
 

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The craftsmanship is outstanding. And for first at dovetails it's like you were making them for years.
Thanks, James! That's why I took the picture from a couple feet away. :) Really, though, I'm happy with the dovetails since they look better than all my practice runs. I've been bouncing around techniques to get them right. I tried Rob Cosman's approach but it didn't work for me. The half-blinds were done using Matt Estlea's suggestion of hogging out most of the pin waste with a forstner bit. I tried using a suizan saw but it was cutting too slow-I did these with my dad's old tenon saw. I've got a dedicated dovetail saw on order from Florip so I'm excited to check that out.

I also like Roycroft furniture.
TIL

I think your design would also look good in QSWO.
I've been working red oak but maybe I should give white oak a shot. What are the advantages of white over red?
 

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Quarter sawn white oak has these rays and flecks that really pop when the light hits them at a certain angle, like this mantle clock I built.
It's been used since the beginning of the A&C movement.

Sometimes you have to use red oak like I do to up grade my cabinets that have red oak face frames or match existing furniture.
 

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