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Cherry and Maple Side Table

February 19, 2008


Reflecting the Shaker influence but displaying an original modern interpretation, this side table will complement any decor. Made from solid Cherry and Birds Eye Maple it features hand cut joinery that will last for generations.

This design is closely based on one by Garrett Hack in a past issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine and really inspired me to build. I chose a hand rubbed oil and varnish mixture for the finish, it brings out the wood grain without adding too much gloss. I use a safe, non-toxic finish from a small company out of New York.

Tried & True Traditional Oil and Varnish finish is a combination of highly refined polymerized linseed oil and natural-resin varnish (modified pine sap). Its high resin content produces a durable water-resistant finish that buffs to a warm semi-gloss sheen. It strictly adheres to the standards established by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and qualifies as non-toxic and safe for food-contact surfaces in both their uncured and cured (wet and dry) states.
The hardware I chose for the piece are off the shelf and ordered through Lee Valley Tools- the delicate cast iron pulls give a nice traditional feel in form. The table top really jumps out with it’s wide panels and blond ribbon across the center. This piece I believe is one that would work well in a formal setting as well as perhaps as an entry table. The five drawers make for ample storage in a small foot print.

Hack’s original had turned legs and the over all dimensions are slightly changed.

RECENT COMMENTS:

“Stunning piece! Love the modern interpretation of a familiar form and the scale of the whole piece. Gotta love those hand cut half blind dovetails. Going to add this to my favorites. “

“Tom a great design and interpretation on your part. A stunning piece of furniture.”

“Unbelievable! Your craftsmanship and attention to detail are outstanding.”

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