Stickley Lost Side Table: Complete

Stickley Lost Side Table. Mahogany & Black Walnut.


It feels like I’ve been working on this little table forever. In calendar time, I think I’m at 9 months, but I guess that’s what happens when you go from one kid to two. Little bits here and there, dimension some stock, cut a mortise, fit a tenon. All in all, my best guess on this around 30 hours of work, but this was a bunch of firsts for me.

  1. First time working with Genuine Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) Man, what a beautiful wood to work.
  2. First table with drawer.
  3. First half-blind dovetails and angled at that
  4. First set of compound joinery, between the splayed legs and the through tenon on the stretcher
  5. First keyed through tenons
  6. First piece of furniture, not a shop project I can beat up.
  7. First time using shellac as a finish.

I learned a lot with this project. It looks fairly simple, but the splayed legs and the cross stretcher with the keyed through tenon make laying things out a bit challenging.


2 replies on “Stickley Lost Side Table: Complete”

Great piece Ben. I love the look of the Mahogany and the keyed through tenons. Is shellac the only thing you put on for a finish, or is there something like BLO underneath?

The finish schedule was one coat of Zar Early American stain, one coat of Tried & True Danish oil, heated to 120F to make application easier, and then a bunch of coats of 1LB cut Garnet shellac (from A bunch was probably around a dozen? All of it was ragged on.

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