End Tables Part 3

side_table_1_clampedManaged to prepare and fit the lower rails for end table #1.  It’s glued and in the clamps.  The rails went, to my surprise,  just a smoothly as the upper rails.  Maybe I’m starting to get the hang of this woodworking thing.  Of course now that I’ve said that end table #2 to will fight me the whole way.

The only real moments of tension for this table base was the glue up.  I think its mostly just in my head though.  I prepare and have never had any issues, but still its always a nerve racking procedure for me.  Maybe that’s a good thing in that it keeps me from becoming complacent.

I’ll start the rails for en table #2 as soon as time permits.  Once that table base is completed, I’ll apply finish to them both.  Then I’ll prep, finish and install the tops and shelves.

Greg Merritt

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7 Responses to End Tables Part 3

  1. Is the top going to be the same species as the rest of the table? Also will there be a lower shelf?
    Curious as to what brand the blue clamps are and your opinion of them.

    • gman3555 says:

      The top and lower shelf will be of white oak and will receive a dark brown stain (either milk paint or transtint), Tried and True oil finish and finally additional bees wax applied with the polissoir. The bases will receive a coat of barn red milk paint, shellac and wax (see the lap desk in my project photos).

      The blue clamps are Harbor Freight specials. I added a strip of wood to the center of the bars, ala Paul Sellers, and glued leather to the clamp faces. They have been in service for a year now and have worked just fine. I’ve not wanted for anything different.


    • gman3555 says:

      Another reference is the drop leaf table in my project photos. The top is cherry and the base is pine. I stained the whole thing with milk paint and then followed with shellac and wax.


  2. David says:

    Your table is looking great I look forward to seeing it finished, it sounds like a complicated finishing process. Paint, Stain , oil and wax WOW
    I also liked the look of your blue clamps they look a lot more substantial to the ones I got from Axminster (UK)

    • gman3555 says:

      Thanks David. The finishing is not all that complicated just time consuming. I like the look of milk paint but it does take a few steps to get it where I like it. For the top and shelf I wanted a finish that is easily repaired. I know these tables will see a good bit of use. Since I also do not use any toxic finishes in my shop, stain and wax are my best bet.


  3. billlattpa says:

    I like the shaping at the bottom of the legs, it’s a nice, natural transition without looking overly machined.

    • gman3555 says:

      Thanks. This is a technique I picked up from Paul Sellers. I like the way it looks too. It’s something different than just the standard tapered leg.
      Thanks for commenting.


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