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Thread: Cherry Side Table – Limbert Arts and Crafts Style

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    Cherry Side Table – Limbert Arts and Crafts Style

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    I built two different items from plans that I found in the September 2009 issue of Wood magazine. One of these was the jewellery/music box that I described in the thread http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=17385. The other was this side table: Click image for larger version. 

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    The one in the magazine was made out of oak. I made one out of cherry. As usual, I will describe the project by extracting entries from my weekly journal.

    2009, Nov 22:

    This week I started a couple of Christmas projects. The first one is a small table that I am going to make out of cherry. I am going to make the table for Margaret and I am going to use cherry instead of oak. I have a lot of cherry that I bought last year from a guy in Pembrooke. Below is a picture where I am starting to prepare the cherry on my jointer: Click image for larger version. 

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    In preparing the cherry, I am finding that the wood is not very good. It is hard to get a continuous straight piece and there are twists and punky places that are creating difficulties.

    2009, Nov 29:

    Work continued on the cherry side table:
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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-20-2010 at 10:18 AM. Reason: remove duplicate material
    Cheers, Frank

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    2009, Dec 13:

    On the cherry side table front, I tested various dyes and stains in order to see if I wanted to “improve” upon the colours provided by Mother Nature:
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    In the end, I decided that the dyes and stains revealed too many imperfections in the wood and the finishing of same. As I observed two weeks ago, the cherry I am using is not very good. For instance look at the curve in this glued together piece and also notice the “punky” section of wood: Click image for larger version. 

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    aside: I admit that this was probably partly due to my inadequate glue-up technique and I know of ways to improve upon this, but you get the point.
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    I first trimmed all the pieces to rough size making use of my Incra crosscut sled: Click image for larger version. 

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    then cut the four legs/sides utilizing a jig that I made specifically for the purpose of making cuts that were both 45 degrees and tapered:
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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-20-2010 at 10:41 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    2009, Dec 20:

    It was time to get back to the cherry side table. It needs to be completed by Christmas.

    Using the drawings from the magazine certrefold, I created a pattern side/leg from a piece of plywood.
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    Next I used a pattern bit in a hand-held router to make the cut-outs in the four sides/legs. Click image for larger version. 

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    I tried smoothing the cuts with my spindle sander, but it is quite aggressive, so I used it sparingly and did not attempt to smooth things completely. Rather, I completed the job using two different profile pads with my linear sander:
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    Next, I rounded over most the edges of the cutout areas:
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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-20-2010 at 03:08 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I had alot of mahogany that had stubborn twists in the wood.
    Instead of gluing up the wider boards(6-8 inches), I cut them all down to 3 inchs or so and got a much straighter top, with less bend or tension.

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    2009, Dec 27:

    I managed to get the cherry table to the stage where it was possible to give it to Margaret on Christmas morning. First of all, there was the sanding, polishing, and waxing the interiors of leg-sides & the shelf parts: Click image for larger version. 

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    Assembling and gluing the joints between the sides were tricky because of the angles involved and the difficulty of using clamps. I glued up the first joint using a generous amount of long open time white glue with masking tape to protect the interior surfaces from glue squeeze out. Masking tape was also employed to temporarily clamp the joint in some places:
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    I next tried to fit in the shelf but could not get it into place with the cleat in place. So, I had to chisel off the glued-in-place cleat. Click image for larger version. 

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    Eventually, I managed to glue and clamp all the sides/legs together with the shelf in place. But the plans called for nice sharp edges and mine were anything but sharp (as can be seen in the detail shown to the second photo that follows): Click image for larger version. 

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    This particular table was obviously destined not to have sharp edges. So, I made a slight modification to the taper jig to accommodate the protruding shelf and proceeded to I bevel all four edges on my table saw: Click image for larger version. 

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    Next the table top was shaped, sanded and polished, top, sides and bottom then the bottom side was waxed:
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    I used Town Talk Orange Wax which is a combination of beeswax carnauba wax and orange oil.

    The top was attached to the base as shown below:
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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-20-2010 at 03:19 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    How fun. I got a grin out of that piece. Thanks for taking us along for the build.
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    I did not have time to sand, polish and finish the outside of the base before Christmas, so this is what I presented:
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    I managed to finish the table on Boxing Day and here it is in place beside Margaret’s chair:
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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-20-2010 at 03:22 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I had alot of mahogany that had stubborn twists in the wood.
    Instead of gluing up the wider boards(6-8 inches), I cut them all down to 3 inchs or so and got a much straighter top, with less bend or tension.
    Thanks Allen, I will give that a try the next time I use the wood on a project.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    How fun. I got a grin out of that piece. Thanks for taking us along for the build.
    Glen, just which piece is it that you grinned about?
    Cheers, Frank

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    Nicely done, Frank. Thanks for the write-up.
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