Three 2x8's, Three afternoons, One coffee(ish) table #1: Day 1> Prep and glue up

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-10-2012 10:04 PM 3557 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter, is obtaining her post doctorate in Boston, has a small apartment with a room she lives out of. Her request, a sort of coffee table with second function as ‘sit on the floor’ desk. Also, something she can kick around and as she changes apartments sometimes, something she can move easily and even leave behind if the move is long distance.
I love making furniture and I’ve made my share of higher end stuff, but I've made a few things out of home depot framing lumber that is actually fun to do because it’s quick, off the cuff, and you don’t have to worry about the stray saw cut that ruined the wood. This is one of those builds.
I often take lots of pictures, many are redundant and obvious but I always remember a few years ago when I was starting out. A step by step thing like this is what got me working so once and awhile I detail the steps for those who are where I was at one time.

So, here comes the coffee table/desk made mostly of three 2×8x8’s a small piece of pine, small piece of quarter inch plywood and two drawer slides. Cost, about $20.

Here’s the simple sketch she sent me via email.

. First, after an illness that has plagued me, this is the first day I feel like being in the shop. My first task was to light the propane stove for the first time this season. It’s a bit cool here in Maine.

. I cut up the pieces to glue together

. All the wood was jointed, rip cut, and planed. I do this to all wood to ‘straighten’ it. It becomes a real mess if you don’t, fighting bowed wood all the way.

. The top and legs glued up. Top 20” X 44” per daughter request.

. The narrow thin drawer is simply made by cutting 1/4” slots all around to accept a plywood bottom and glued and pin nailed together.

. The drawer front will be cut to length after the legs are assembled so the drawer front will sink between the legs and look more like an apron. The drawer will use some simple 14” metal drawer slides.

Next entry should be flattening and prepping the top, cutting our the leg shapes, routing the edges and leg assembly. Maybe tomorrow if I get to it. Thanks for looking.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 10:29 PM

The project looks good. I have been down with a bug for 3 weeks myself and can’t get near the shop because I need to take care of my wife after surgery of a subdural hematoma. Not going to be the best Christmas we have had. She will not be able to attend ASFM in Feb with me, in fact due to high medical bills chances are I will not go ether and don’t expect to get to the shop for the rest of the year.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 10:37 PM

good job dad…i guess you can make this so that you can pull a few screws and this table comes apart…might be able to hold on to it if she moves…sorry you were sick, glad to hear your up to going out to the shop, weve got cold weather coming in tonight, and will probably stay that way for some time, so time to light the wood stove..well ill look for your next entry…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 10:40 PM

sorry about your wife sandhill and you sick to, but at least your together, and thats a lot..just enjoy that…some hot chocolate and some christmas music…i hope your wife recovers well…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 11:54 PM

I’m planning on using pocket screws on the legs but it will be squat enough, i think it will fit in a car pretty good as is Grizz.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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