End Table for WA House

Project Information
This is an end table next to my recliner to replace a 35 plus year old inexpensive table that has served me well.
It is 25" x 23" x 20.5" tall and will serve as a place to sit my coffee on in the morning.

I built this project between shops in Portland, Oregon and Oro Valley, Arizona. The base was complete in August 2020 and documented in my blog of 8-3-20 "Partially Finished End Table". The base consists of tapered legs with the apron pieces being attached by mortise and tenon joints.

The top is a 4" wide walnut frame with an insert panel built with padauk, walnut and maple which sets in a rabbet in the outer frame. More info and pictures are in my blog "End Table WIP" from 3-28-21.

The top was connected to the base with Z-clips today. It survived the trip from AZ to WA being carefully wrapped in paper and cardboard.

The fit of the insert panel into the top frame will be monitored to see if the ambient humidity of Washington creates swelling issues. If so it will be unscrewed and trimmed.

It was a fun but long build. I may add a couple of more coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly to the top to add protection.


I just transferred this from LJ.  It was built April and May of 2021.  It is the last big project that was on LJ, TS Sled and Birdhouses for nephews still reside there.  

The table insert did swell up due to the humidity increase from AZ to WA.  It stuck and the first attempt to tap it out with the rubber coated handle on a ball peen hammer did not budge it.  Started by tapping it lightly with the head of said hammer.  This turned to pretty hard whacks and I feared bad things would happen.  But it budged a bit and then eventually came free.  Directly to the table saw to do a light trim on the edges.  Never has stuck again since June or July of 21.

May transfer the blog from LJ. 

daveg, SW Washington & AZ


nice table dave love the wood combo.

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.  The padauk still looks pretty good since it rarely gets sun in WA.  

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Fine looking piece and glad you were able to separate the panel before it exploded!
it's so sad that paduak turns a dark brown. i did a wine bar (need to post) about 18 years ago out of it and it was gorgeous and vibrant. now a dark brown. the first 15 years it never got direct sun light but still darkened.

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

Pretty table Dave, a nice wood combination and the finish looks great. Well done.

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I agree.  The wood choice are great.  

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I really like the table.  Well done. I have had no issues with wood expansion with the table pictured here.  Moved from NY to S/W fla.  Humidity swings are wild down here. 



Exceptional! What method did you use to account for any movement?
Beautiful table, Dave. I love the symmetry!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That is a fine table, Dave.  Nice combo.

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