|Blog series by LegendInMyOwnMind||updated 10-01-2011 04:48 PM||3 parts||5127 reads||6 comments total|
Found a set of plans at Rockler for a three piece Arts & Crafts living room table set. Bought the materials for the coffee table – around $200. Bought enough materials for the coffee table to start. My 16 year old son did the mortise/tenons and all the cuts. We did staining together. Want to put on a mosaic tile top. We prefer staining prior to assembly.
My 16-year old son built this Arts and Crafts coffee table almost completely on his own. He built it from plans. We did minor parts together. I stained and he wiped the stain to get consistent finish between the pieces. The plans do not have a tile top so we did some improvising. He made through tenons and a frame for the top. We had to do some improvising since things didn’t line up exactly on the top since the tenons were so long. In the end, we cut the tenons shorter and used plug...
I assembled the legs & supports for the table. It’s all glued up. It’s more wobbly than I would have thought given the wood was straight and the M&T joints were solid. Not sure where I went wrong. Next step finishing and then attaching the top. We bought the entry level Kreg joint jig so I’m thinking about using that for the attachment of the top. Not sure if expansion will be an issue. The top is plywood, but the base is 2×4s.