Figured Maple and Walnut Coffee Table

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Blog series by bohnsai updated 10-25-2010 04:21 AM 4 parts 20401 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Getting started

10-10-2010 03:57 AM by bohnsai | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 2: 2nd weekend

10-17-2010 04:15 AM by bohnsai | 0 comments »

So last week I left off getting a straight edge on all my boards to start out with. The jig I use for the table saw is below. I got all the boards cut last weekend but just didn’t get around to updating the blog until today. So it figures that while thinking about this project during the week, I decided to change it a bit. It’ll likely go through about half a dozen design revisions before I’m done with it :-) Step Three: Panel Glue Ups! I decided I was going ...

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Part 3: Second Weekend part two

10-18-2010 12:49 AM by bohnsai | 1 comment »

I left off with the top being glued to some MDF risers. This morning I finish sanded it and put on two coats of lacquer. I will oil the walnut but I didn’t want to Maple any darker so I figured I’d lacquer it so when it’s all built up, the oil wont get into the maple top. Step 5: Finishing the Shelf I ripped the walnut border to length and laid it out to get an idea where to cut the biscuits. The center piece was a very clear piece of face grained walnut, so when I wen...

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Part 4: Weekend #4 Finishing touches on the top and shelf

10-25-2010 04:21 AM by bohnsai | 2 comments »

Don’t have a lot of time to write tonight but a picture is worth a thousand word right? So here are some progress pics of this week. Construction for the top is similar to the shelf: biscuits and maple splines. Here is the bottom shelf wetted with mineral spirits. i and detail of spline Here I’ve used tape for the top so I don’t have to mark the actual wood for biscuit locations Here is a close up of some repair I had to do to one of the walnut top...

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