My first coffee tables. #1: Evolution of first coffee table

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Blog entry by coldsneak posted 01-30-2012 06:49 PM 999 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The first version of the coffee table include corner built legs. Two 1×4’s screwed and glued up at right angles with the bracing side curved in 3 inches above the floor. My more intelligent better looking half did not like the legs so I had to redo them.
My style is called rustic.
The entire table top is made from deck boards 5/8×6 by 35. The boards were rough sanded then biscuit joined and glued. Now the legs are 19” x 5 1/2” x 3 1/2’ landscape timber cut down. The rails are 1” x 3” pine.
The support for the legs are 2” x 2” x 3”, glued and screwed to the underside of the table top – these are on the 2 inside sides the rails bracing the other 2 sides.
My claim is: “I can park my truck on this thing!” which may or may not be true.
The table still has a ton of finish work to be done- but the more intelligent, better looking half likes this version, so I am happy.

-- Ago quod perceptum vel vos operor non ago valde porro.

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 02:53 PM

I need to upgrade my shop, it is mostly built from scrap and you can see through the cracks on 3 of the 4 sides. I am going to do sheet metal overlay then finish the concrete floor. As it is, there is so much moisture in the shop that i am continually combating rust on my tools. My shop is 10’ x 20’ but so poorly organized that you cannot swing a cat in it. I often spend hours looking for a tool that is buried under a pile of stuff on one of the work benches. I have two work benches – the first is very solid made up of old telephone poles and 2×4’s. The second one is a kitchen counter that came out of my brothers house when he remodled. It is used for light work and layout. All this, you understand will take years to accomplish as I am a working stiff and cannot just fork out the money for supplies and will spend a fair amount of time scrounging. I am fortunate in having friends who enjoy scrounging as well.

-- Ago quod perceptum vel vos operor non ago valde porro.

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