pair of cherry night tables

Here are a pair of cherry night tables a buddy had me build his wife for a Christmas present. This involved a couple firsts for me. It was the first time I made a set of tapered legs on the jointer instead of using a saw and jig. And it was the first time I made mortises with a spiral bit on the router table.

Much thanks to John Lord of the Raleigh Woodcraft store for sharing ideas and spending a lot of time demonstrating in order to make sure I understood what he was talking about.


The dimensions are 23 inches wide and 16 inches deep by 29 inches tall. I know that's tall for a night table but they were made to order.

There is one drawer in the front. The drawer measures 10 and a half inches wide by 13 inches long, or front to back, by 3 inches deep. The drawer front is an overlapping design and the same bit was used on the drawer front as on the top edges of the table. There is a solid brass drawer pull in the center of each drawer front.

The legs are 2 inches square at the top and taper to 1 and a quarter inches at the bottom. The tapering is only done on the inside edges so only two sides of each leg are actually machined.

The tops were sanded to 600 grit and have 5 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal that I wiped on. All other surfaces have 3 coats and I stopped sanding at 320 grit on them.

I was asked to make a glass smooth surface on the tops and I think it was real close. Between each change of sanding grit I vacuumed using an upholstery brush to pick up as much dust as possible.

After each coat dried, I went over the surface with a 1200 grit Micro Mesh sanding pad to remove any dust nibs or other problems with the surface.

Cherry wood is probably my all time favorite to build with and I felt like I was giving two pets away when we delivered them.


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