Images and final thoughts
This was a fun build, and I learned a few things in the process. The design is based on the side table series from The English Woodworker, but I made a few design changes on my own. I recommend that you buy the series from Richard, both to support him and to learn a great deal. His videos are packed with small comments, tips and info which you cannot get any other way.
As for the ebonizing process, I’d say this: it is a very easy and very difficult process. Just trust yourself, and remember that adding oil in the end will make it a LOT darker. In my experience, the look of the finished wood looks the same as when it was wet. So if you get pitch black wood when wet, oil finishes will probably produce the same effect.
Working with oak is always a treat for me, especially the smell! The fragrance of freshly cut oak is part of the reward we as woodworkers enjoys. Some areas were exceptionally hard, the hardest I’ve encountered yet – but thanks to the results from my sharpening station, I conquered it.
I’ll dedicate this small table to Richard Maguire and Helen Fisher, the owners of The English Woodworker. Two decent people that show their care for their customers and their products in an exemplary manner.
Thank you for reading this article; I hope you’ve gotten something out of the time you spent. You’ll find more content elsewhere on the site, and I’ll try to put up more content on a regular basis.
Now, get yourself in front of the bench and make something! If you have no bench, build one!