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Blog entry by JimmyJack posted 06-17-2010 05:31 PM 1402 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought for my first project I would start with something easy. So I have decided to build the ‘Coffee Table’ in the latest issue of the Woodsmith Magazine…What? don’t think that is an easy build. Well…You are probably right and my version may not look much like the picture in the magazine…but I’m going to build it none the less. And I’ll tell you why. Cause my wife likes it. It doesn’t get any simpler that that.

So that’s what I’m building my shop to…for now. After I buy all the stuff I need to start this build I could probably just pay someone else to do it for me. But where’s the fun in that?

So wish me luck and I hope you join me on this looong journey that will be a new coffee table for my wife.

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 05:43 PM

sounds like a plan!

and yeah – for most things we build – more at the beginning while we equip the shop – it would be cheaper, faster, and easier to just buy the thing at the store. BUT, we do this for the being able to DO IT, and in the long run , when you are already equipped and the only expense is the lumber, it starts to make more sense – still may be more expensive than ‘a’ store, and takes more labor, but you’ll have a better quality piece with a story behind it! and it’ll be custom to your needs!

Good luck, and looking forward to seeing the progress

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 05:46 PM

It’s not that hard. I looked at the pic on their website and it looks like you will get a lot of really good skills from that build. Get that one built and you can build just about anything else. Just be patient and work slowly and carefully. That is the advantage that we amateurs have over the professionals. They have to do the same things but with time and other pressures.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 05:55 PM

Now that’s a coincidence. I’ve started building the very same table! LOL I’ve changed the dimensions a bit and have eliminated the storage baskets in accordance with the other half’s wishes but am still sticking with pine. Good luck to you with yours.

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 06:04 PM

Good luck on building your (I mean your wifes) table! Keep us up todate with pictures..

-- Chris Adkins,

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 06:15 PM

Good luck on your build, lets know if we can help.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 08:43 PM

The only advice I can give is patience read trough the plans thoroughly and take your time. Test all of your work IE mortise an tenons on scrap first then on your project after you get your setting right go for it have fun and enjoy :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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