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Side table with waterfall cherry feature

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My husband wanted a little table for by the couch in our sunroom. I had seen various versions of the under-the-couch table and thought I'd give it a try. Did some web searches for ideas and decided to have a little storage and then simple top design.

I made the body from some plywood and then painted black. The top and side are cherry. First try with the "waterfall" effect. Was a challenge. I did cuts using my circular saw but wasn't satisfied with the bevel so trimmed the cuts up at the tablesaw (hard given the panel sizes but with my husband at the off switch got it done pretty safely). One other issue was use of the drum sander to get the cherry glueup evened out. Had 80 grit and should have switch to higher grit but given my issues with switching paper I figured I could deal with the sanding lines. After I had the bevels cut I didn't want to put the cut boards back thru anyway. In the end, I really couldn't (or didn't) remove the lines even with much effort with my random orbit sander and hand sanding. So I guess it is rustic, haha. Finished with General Finishes High Performance.

Random progress pictures
Glue up (and didn't allow for wood movement really...so far so good for over a year)


Checking the bevel cut, primer coat on stand
Case and cherry glueups 

Work on the case

Cherry glueup


Gluing the plywood (double panels)


My plans 🙄

36 Comments

sweet barb ! nice work !
hey you been on the patio yet ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks pottz.
I popped into the patio - just no posts.
Very nice Barb, the Cherry takes the show with the way the grain wraps around the corner. A clean design that serves the purpose, well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks Eric.  Was a learning experience on the grain wrap!  Not perfect but happy with it for my first try.
Nice waterfall effect, it’s noticeable!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Very nice looking, the grain with the finish you used gives it a good look. Great job !!!   Mike
That is quite nice BB1...  cool design.

BUT, tut-tut

you gotta get into SketchUp

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Ryan and Mike - thanks.  The  cherry had some neat grain and this seems to let that shine.  I went with my typical General Finishes HP.  Since then I got some Odie's Oil and have really Iiked that (but not enough to sand and start over).

LBD- thanks.  I knew you would find my "detailed plans" lacking!  🙄  Maybe someday 

 BB1
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.....  I knew you would find my "detailed plans" lacking!  🙄  Maybe someday

Not lacking, just dog edible.

If in SketchUp, you'd be guaranteed that those weights,

would fit on top... long before the glue up.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Very Nice Barb.

Do you have a 45 deg sled for your TS?


Petey

If in SketchUp, you'd be guaranteed that those weights,
would fit on top... long before the glue up
Haha...the workout room is next door so I can find other weights if needed. 😉
Thanks Petey.  No 45 sled for bevels.  Cutting on the table saw hasn't gone smoothly for me 😬
Looks good, Barb! Sounds like there were some challenges along the way, but those are the projects you learn from, right?
Dave - thanks.  And I learn something from every project!!
Nice job on the waterfall cut
Thanks Corelz125.  Was a challenge worth working through.
Those are some fine side tables and great designs. The miters came out to make a perfect water fall effect. 

The contrast between the wood and painted parts is striking. 

James McIntyre

Looks good Barb  Waterfall edges are hard to do well. 
You succeeded,  Nice work. 
I eat on the couch, a lot, I need to make one for myself.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

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