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The end tables are finished & delivered. This completes the project for my daughter, the entertainment center & end tables for her living room.
With this project, as with all others I've undertaken, I try new techniques or use some of my wooden planes that so far have been collecting dust in my shop. With this project, I used Paul Sellers' technique for splitting out tenons rather than sawing them, and I have to say it worked great. I don't think I'll saw a tenon face or cheek again. And surprisingly, these fit better than any tenon I where I sawed the cheek & trimmed with a shoulder plane.
I also used a rule joint drop leaf on one table, with a support & wooden hinge copied from a John Townsend 18th century original as viewed in a magazine photo shoot, and I added a beaded molding to the drawer fronts, inserted into a rabbet cut on the drawers with a back saw, and cleaned up with chisels and a wooden shoulder plane.
The knobs are cherry, turned on my lathe, attached with a wedge in the stem.
With the completion of this project, the shop will be closed down until after the holidays, except for some cleaning & organizing.
Thanks for viewing, Happy Holidays to all.

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All I can think of is 'Wow! they look great!' I love the drop leaf with the wooden hinge support.
 

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Great job I like the techniques you used, the hinge is neat. John Townsend was a craftsman that I really admire some of his great pieces. Good work and Happy Holidays.
 

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Very nice George, the drop leaf is a great touch. Too bad the wooden hinge is hidden -
 

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Beautiful work and lots of subtle details. Your daughter is lucky to get them. I know you used some Cherry on these tables, but what is the main part made of?
 

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stefang: the tables, like the entertainment center, are Red Pine. Until I purchased this at the saw mill, I had never heard of Red Pine. It. Works the same as any other pine, but has two unique characteristics; first an occasional red streak running through it which can be easily seen on the lower half of the entertainment center's stiles, and two it had occassional separation between the summer & winter growth, kind of flaking apart. The separation didn't go very far, was mainly on the surface, worst case it was an inch long. I used these sections in hidden places, under the tops, inside drawer runners, etc. For a small few located in view, I glued the small "flap" back with Titebond instant CA glue, then applied a lot of Arm R Seal at that location to fill any void that may be there.
Thanks for viewing and the kind comments by all.
 

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Nice work - the drop leaf came out great. Well done.
 
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