2 x 4 Project #1: A one entry blog

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Blog entry by CutNRun posted 01-08-2008 08:56 PM 1461 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday, I posted a taper jig project. The taper jig was used in my entry for the 2×4 Project. Before the taper jig was made, I had to locate a 2×4 to use. This was relatively easy. I knew a local lumber yard carried very high quality Douglas fir dimension lumber for use in finish work. I located a completely clear, tight grained 8’ board. The only downside was it cost substantially more than the typical big box store stud. Oh well, this is for FURNITURE, not being stuck inside a wall. The following photos shows one end of the board used.


I first cross-cut two 22 1/2” lengths from the stud for use as legs. I ripped one side to remove the rounded edge on each length and then ripped four 1 1/2” square lengths. This left me with two ~1/8” thick x 1 1/2” wide x 22 1/2” long slats with half rounded edges. These were saved for later use. I was very pleased with how well the legs turned out. The grain orientation was at ~45 degrees so the grain looks the same from all sides.


The next steps involved re-sawing one 15” length of 2×4 and part of a second at 7/16” to be glued together to form the table top. The remaining length was ripped to 3” and then re-sawn to create the skirting for the table. The skirting boards were cut to length at 94 degrees to create a four-way, splay-legged arrangement. I cut the mortises in the legs on my router table and rabbetted the tenons also on the router table. The joints went together very well.


The table top was trimmed to 13” width to fit through my planer and then surfaced to 3/8” thickness. I added a mitered and rabbetted edging around the periphery of the top to finish it off and add a bit of strength. These pieces were salvaged from the 15” length not re-sawn and used for the table top.


Finally, I added beading below the skirting, using the ~1/8” thick edgings remaining from squaring up the 2×4 initially. One side was already round and I used a round over bit to relieve the other side.

Small off-cuts were glued to the inside of the skirting and then the top of the legs and the mounting blocks were hand planed flat for mounting the table top.


Here are some shots of the table prior to finishing.

I stained the table with an ebony stain and then applied three coats of wipe on poly, using 0000 steel wool between coats. Photos of the finished table are posted with my contest entry. The tables final dimensions are ~22 3/4” tall by 13 1/2” square.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#1 posted 01-08-2008 09:09 PM

Wow! Nice two-by, even nicer table. Great entry!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 01-08-2008 09:19 PM

Great looking 2×4. And I thought I had a good one.

Very nice project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-08-2008 09:30 PM

Not only does the table look great but the pictures look professional.

-- woodsmith

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John Gray

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#4 posted 01-08-2008 09:51 PM

Great engineering!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-08-2008 10:21 PM

Really nice, I like it a lot. It could be a contender.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 01-08-2008 10:21 PM

way to go

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-08-2008 11:00 PM

Beautiful piece of fir and a well designed and constructed result. Clever use of the strips around the 3/8” top to add visual weight.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 01-08-2008 11:26 PM

Really nice job, It’s going to amaze me what everybody comes up with using a 2×4 ..

-- Kaleo ,

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#9 posted 01-08-2008 11:55 PM

yah.. beautiful table.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 12:07 AM

It came out great. This is a rocking contest!

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 12:09 AM

Great looking Table. a Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 12:23 AM

Some mighty fine work CnR.

-- BLOG -

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#13 posted 01-23-2008 10:17 PM

I am VERY impressed by this project! You have inspired me to do something with a 2×4 just to show my brother what can be done with the lumber he routinely throws away. Doubt it’ll turn out this nice but thanks for the nudge.

-- Just another woodworker

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