Yellow Birch & Oak End Table
A yellow birch and oak end table with a shaker styling. I used no metal fasteners, leveraging mortise and tenon, half lap, and rabbet joinery only. The frame is made out of yellow birch, table top is oak veneer 3/4" plywood trimmer with yellow birch, and the drawer box is yellow birch with a red oak face. I made plenty of mistakes I had to problem solve around and pushed myself to try new techniques.
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Finished piece first.
I only had 3/4" thick yellow birch stock so I had to glue up two boards to create thick enough stock for the legs.
Cut the legs to rough thickness and length.
Taped off the 3/4" oak plywood to prevent tear out and used the table saw for the half lap like joinery for the yellow birch trim on the table top.
Table top glue up, side note, miter joints are really hard to get perfect.
It is extremely important to mark the table leg orientation.
Mortises marked out, using my new marking knife. Used a trick I figured out(I am sure I am not the first one to think of this) of going. over the marking knife lines with a thicker pencil to make them stand out more.
Mortises all cut out.
Front apron glue up. This wasn't planned, it was a bug I turned into a feature. I originally wasn't going to have a front apron, instead I was going to do stretchers with he drawer spanning the whole width, but someone got too excited cutting out mortises by hand...
Tenons all cut and cleaned up. Marked them so I know which side was the outside vs inside.
Dryfit, an under appreciated step. Must make sure it looks good before you glue up.
Drawer box glue up. Used rabbets and some cherry 1/4" plywood I had for the base.
Taped off the tenons before finishing the aprons to avoid the awkwardness of trying to finish post glue up.
Taped off the legs pre finish.
Table top with the first coat of General Finishes High Performance glossy. Love this water based finish.
Frame glue up post finish.
My creative rigging to glue the spaces, runners, and kickers into the frame.
Drawer face glue up.
First piece to bear my new brand with the month and year completed.