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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #49: Scrap Coffee Table

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 04-03-2015 09:16 PM 1764 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Only a quick build this time, made with scrap leftovers from the car-port and Gazebo build, so it is all mahogany.

The table took about six hours from start to finish, two hours yesterday cutting parts. Today, I used my new router table to round off any part that might come into contact with human legs! then sanded all the parts using both my belt and orbital disc sanders, down to 120 grit. After which I pocket holed every part, then glued and screwed the table together, the top and legs were hand sanded down to 220 grit.

The top is 29 1/2” x 19”, an odd size, but I was making the most of the leftovers! these were pocket-holed and glued together, but only screwed to the base, just in case it needs replacing in the future.

Then using a rag I stained the whole table, normally I wouldn’t bother with underneath, a case of out of sight out of mind, but as the table will be outside I decided that any protection will help.

An hour later and it was put into use.

As you can see, the sanding was enough to give it a mirror finish.

The short rail is only 9” and are recessed into the middle of the legs, so I had to use a stubby ratchet screwdriver with the pocket-hole bit, as there wasn’t enough space for my drill.

Now I can throw away the temporary table you see behind, I’ll put it outside the gate, and it will be gone within the hour!

For a small table it has got a fair bit of weight, there are no worries about it disappearing in the wind.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 04-04-2015 04:52 AM

Nice work!

Now do you have enough to build the chairs to go with it? :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-04-2015 09:53 AM

Mahogany scrap.?
We pay a premium here for mahogany.
In the 80’s we could get it reasonable, I love working with it.
Nice little table.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-04-2015 11:48 AM

Thanks Tom, there is plenty left, but for now chairs are not a priority :)

candianchips, thanks for the comment, yes it’s weird, when I was in Europe, I had to save up for a piece, here it is used as construction lumber, it is a joy to work with. The only problem here is that, because it is used for construction, it is not dry when you get it.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 04-04-2015 10:13 PM

Its amazing what countries do. My brother was in Thailand and shipped furniture home 30 years ago. All the crates were made from Teak.
They use what is common from each country.
Saskatchewan Canada we had poplar coming out of our ears !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 03:42 AM

awesome table love the finish how tall is it?

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 11:35 AM



awesome table love the finish how tall is it?

- oscarthegrouch

Many thanks, it is getting a lot of use! :) The dimensions are 75×50cm by 50cm tall.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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