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Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

author-gravatar vincentroy8 Aug 12, 2019

This is a tall (28") side table / telephone table for the end of a kitchen peninsula. While not my first project, it's the first one that truly feels like a custom piece of furniture.

The table is made from cherry and I used walnut to make a custom drawer pull. I was going for the look of a "floating" drawer so there's no rails in the front. The drawer is mounted using full extension drawer slides as I didn't really trust myself to make a good fitting drawer with this design. Finally it's finished with Danish Oil - few coats and final one was wet sanded with 600 grit.

#table #telephone #sidetable #cherry #walnut

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table
Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

No pictures of the milling. Cut all of the mortises with my router.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Starting to cut the tenons on the table saw and making sure that dimensions are correct.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Fitting the each tenon to each mortise one by one.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

I skipped a few steps here. Dry assembly that shows the two rails that the bottom shelf will sit in. The bottom panel will have a corresponding tenon for this and will be pinned in the front, loose in the back like a breadboard end.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Closer look at the bottom shelf

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Rough cut the top and leg tapers at this point, starting to look like something.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Built and fit the drawer. I used full extension drawer slides because I didn't really trust myself fitting a drawer perfectly.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

Few final pictures in the golden hour lighting.

I did a few coats of danish oil and wet sanded the last one in with 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.

Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table
Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table
Photo of Telephone Table / Tall Side Table

A view from the top.

3 comments

Great looking table, I love the cherry! Thanks for sharing.

Looks great! One thing I would suggest to really make it "pop" is some inlay banding around the top maybe 1/2" from the edge. I wouldn't have suggested it but you obviously know your way around a router. Check out my jewelry box tops. 

@WoodGate Thanks for the suggestion! Never something I thought about for a table top but something I might consider trying on my next table or box. I've never done an inlay before so it should be fun to give it a try :)

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