Three 2x8's, Three afternoons, One coffee(ish) table #2: Afternoon 2: Shaping and assembly

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-15-2012 09:28 PM 2175 reads 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a simple coffee table with drawer made with about $20 in materials and spanning three afternoons. My daughter wanted something that she could move easily from apartments and maybe even leave behind when she finishes her post docterate in boston. She is a research fellow at Beth Israel Hospital

This afternoon, I cut out the legs, planed and rough sanded everything, Routed ogees on edges, assembled the legs to the table and installed the drawer with the drawer slides.

My daughter is coming home for a few days at Christmas so I’ll let her do some sanding with the ROS and then I’ll spray a couple of coats of poly on it. I guess that will constitute afternoon number 3.

Maybe I’ll post it as a project when it’s poly’d. I dunno. A short project that’s for sure.

Sanding/planing top

Cut out legs

Ogee edges

Install legs (pocket hole screws/glue)

Install drawer slides. I cut them down with my grinder as they were too long.

I decided to make some small feet to be a bit more decorative.

-- 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 12-15-2012 09:35 PM

Nice Job it came out very nice I like the design as well.

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 09:36 PM

Thanks. nothing spectacular. I just made it as I went along. Rough drawing by the daughter and that’s it.

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 10:11 PM

Dan i like it ,looks great,i got a order for a table mind if i use this plan ,im not a sure fired firnuture maker but think this is with in my skill leval, and she just wants a nice one that she can afford, thanks for sharing .looks like a 1×4 for the feet bottems

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 12-15-2012 11:15 PM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship. I’m sure your daughter will love it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 11:56 PM

craftsman; looks like another fine build.i guess your finger isn’t bothering you, to keep you out of the shop.
are you letting your daughter apply the finish when she comes home? got to get her involved too.
merry christmas

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 12:44 AM

Impressed and inspired.


-- Russ, Wisconsin

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 12:59 AM

Really nice able, got an early american / country look about it. Please show after the finish is installed.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 02:18 AM

thanks, the feet are some scrap pine btw. What’s fun is that it’s framing lumber and about 6 hrs work. And it’s fun designing on the fly.

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

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 02:34 AM

That looks very professional. I would probably require about four times that much time to create this. Very nice design on the feet and legs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 02:58 AM

for 20 bucks and your time this is a pretty cool table for your daughter, i like the legs…i might use them for a table im thinking of doing…

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

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 12:04 PM

I’m sending you my pile of sawdust… you can probably make a Greene and Greene living room out of it!
I love how you take not nothing and turn it into something really nice… the proverbial sow’s ear into a silk purse!
Happy holidays, Dan.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 12-16-2012 08:50 PM

Being 2x material, it’s nice n stout. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 12:44 PM

Good design, good build, great result!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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