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Yellow Birch & Oak End Table

author-gravatar Lipongo May 02, 2021

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.

#endtable #yellowbirch #oak #mortise #tenon

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Finished piece first.

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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.

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Cut the legs to rough thickness and length.

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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.

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Table top glue up, side note, miter joints are really hard to get perfect.

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It is extremely important to mark the table leg orientation.

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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.

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Mortises all cut out.

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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...

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Tenons all cut and cleaned up.  Marked them so I know which side was the outside vs inside.

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Dryfit, an under appreciated step.  Must make sure it looks good before you glue up.

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Drawer box glue up. Used rabbets and some cherry 1/4" plywood I had for the base.

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Taped off the tenons before finishing the aprons to avoid the awkwardness of trying to finish post glue up.

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Taped off the legs pre finish.

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Table top with the first coat of General Finishes High Performance glossy.  Love this water based finish.

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Frame glue up post finish.

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My creative rigging to glue the spaces, runners, and kickers into the frame.

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Drawer face glue up.

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First piece to bear my new brand with the month and year completed.

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