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My end tables are complete. Thanks for the great advice on how to glue up the tops and lessons on wood movement. This was my first fine furniture project. Learned a lot especially on finishing. The top is made of rosewood santos which like a lot of exotic woods gives off an anti oxidant and oils which do not allow polyurethane to bond and cure. I had to strip the top twice before my wife found the solution online. Two coats of shellac to seal the top then follow with poly. Legs are walnut, undershelf is curly maple. The legs are held on by floating tenons which I mortised on my horizontal mortiser jig(which I found on router forums). I tried to avoid sand paper entirely by going for a hand plane finish. It worked on the walnut legs but that figured rosewood was a nightmare. Tear out on the knots and quite a few start and stop lines. Ended up hand sanding it to 400.
 

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:smile:Real nice you will not find those in the local furniture store
 

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I would not change a thing on those tables! And thats coming from a guy who loves changing things. Hell I even blew up the pics, gave em all a stern eye all the while thinking what would I do different.... I got nuttin!!!! :)

Gorgeous work Jamie...
 
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Nice work Jamie. You get an A for design, an A for execution, and an A for choice of woods. Anyone looking at those will know they are custom made.
 
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