I figured I’d start a blog about a project from start to finish so other readers can follow my progress and hopefully learn from my inevitable mistakes in the process ;-) I also wanted to show readers how to make complex furniture with limited tools and space. So a little about the project: I sold my crappy yet still somewhat pricey plywood and veneer coffee table/end tables a little while ago on Craigslist and have been desperately needing to fill the void. My eventual goal is to...
My wife asked me if I could make a coffee table for the living room and after she bought me the planer for my birthday I can’t say no. So I spent some time on Sketchup and showed her a view models and this is the one she likes. She likes simple grain patterns and a darker finish. I think maple with a nice darker cherry stain would be a good choice. I don’t have much experience with finishing wood but that will have to be the focus of another blog entry. Well anyway here is a pictu...
A coffee table, we need a coffee table. Hmmm? This project, which is nearing completion, is a coffee table.No big thing typically. A set of legs, a few rips on the table saw, a little glue,some mortise and tenons and Bob’s your uncle. Not quite this time. I didn’t want to make “another table.” More than that, I wanted to build something where the timbers I wanted to use dictated the design.Well, partially—there was a height constraint which needed to be ...
The creative process of building the supports for the glass top took longer than expected, but then again we always expect the unexepected, so then again we did expect it. Hahaha did that make sense? Anyway here it is, we are hoping to spray them tomorrow and sunday if the wind does not blow like mad.
Here is the other coffee table, my husband is working on one and I am working on the other. You can see that the gold color of wood is now getting lighter This side is finished, time to roll it over.
We are finally at the sanding and polishing stage. We shand with 180 to 220 on the darker wood and 220 – 400 on the lighter wood. We will then take it outside where the light is perfect and make sure that we have all the scratches out of it. The colors look dull but once we spray it they will stand out.
This piece here is smaller and we are able to fit it in the blast cabinet. This is a lot nicer way to work, but man after a few days if this my neck gets a severe kink in it. The blast cabinet. After the red colored wood has been blasted. Now we need to shape the rough edges, sand, add the leg supports and glass supports.
Well, it is a good thing we didnt cut the original piece of wood down to size, because our customer decided on something a bit smaller. So here is the new piece of wood. Here it is cut down to size and some of the extra limbs removed.
I ran outside a few minutes ago and snapped these pictures of the sanblasting extravaganza. Actually it is not all that exciting, a bit dangerous from all the dust and right now it is cold. Since this base is bigger than our blast cabinet we had to construct our blasting booth. This morning it was sunshiny and promise of a warmer day, but with it being colorado weather it turned of cloudy and breezy and a bit cold. SInce we are bit behind schedule and trying to get things finished we ca...
Here is the second coffee table base which we are going to be working on, this one will ship to Norway as well and it will have a glass top
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