Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cherry and Maple Side Table

Reflecting the Shaker influence but displaying an original modern interpretation, this side table will complement any decor. Made from solid Cherry and Birds Eye Maple it features hand cut joinery that will last for generations. I chose a hand rubbed oil and varnish mixture for the finish, it brings out the wood grain without adding too much gloss. I use a safe, non-toxic finish from a small company out of New York. Tried & True Traditional Oil and Varnish finish is a combination of highly refined polymerized linseed oil and natural-resin varnish (modified pine sap). Its high resin content produces a durable water-resistant finish that buffs to a warm semi-gloss sheen. It strictly adheres to the standards established by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and qualifies as non-toxic and safe for food-contact surfaces in both their uncured and cured (wet and dry) states.
The hardware I chose for the piece are delicate cast iron pulls that have a nice traditional look. The table top really jumps out with it's wide panels and blond ribbon across the center. This piece I believe is one that would work well in a formal setting as well as perhaps as an entry table. The five drawers make for ample storage in a small foot print.Anyone interested please feel free to contact me for any additional questions.
The dimensions are : Depth: 22" Width: 39" Height: 30"
The unit is priced at $2550.00 CAN


“Stunning piece! Love the modern interpretation of a familiar form and the scale of the whole piece. Gotta love those hand cut half blind dovetails. Going to add this to my favorites. “

“Tom a great design and interpretation on your part. A stunning piece of furniture.”

“Unbelievable! Your craftsmanship and attention to detail are outstanding.”


  1. 20 February 2008

    Mr. Fidgen:

    I discovered your interesting Weblog today and enjoyed reading all of your entries to date, as well as watching your videos. Very nice work. Thanks for taking the effort to inform and to share your knowledge, techniques, tool choices, and theories.

    In a number of photographs and on one of the videos it appears that a hole has been drilled/bored through the bottom panel of at least one of your drawers. Will you explain your reason(s) for the
    hole, choice of location, etc.?

    Thanks. Keep up the good work.

    Phil Lang

  2. Phil, Thanks for the comments. As for the hole in the drawer bottom, ( someone else asked me the same thing ) it's a photographic illusion. The hole is actually in my bench top for use with a 'Hold Fast' a classic bench tool for securing items. The drawer pictured hasn't yet recieved it's bottom!