build log, a shop made rustic version of a " fine furniture coffee table" #1: day 1

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 07-12-2013 08:33 PM 1687 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am taking a break from the serving trays, to build a rustic version. of a fine furniture piece, in my parents living room.

It is a table that goes in front of a couch,

This turned out a little blurry but it is easy to see its a fine furniture piece.

I’m making this all out of 2×4’s, so later I can distress it, with my grinder, and wire brushes, and all kinds of goodies to make it look like it was built from aged and worn out wood.

I started today buy purchasing a total of 4 boards, which came to a grand total of $11.96, so if I can sell this for at least $12.00 I’ll break out even, any thoing above that will be my profit.

Here is the sequence of my work today,

I took the time the night before to take some quick measurements of the original, and did some CAD work and here are the printouts of this project, to get me started on the framework.

I like to show the lumber before a project, as the before shot,

and now take my cut list and begin cutting up lumber.

I need to laminate 2 pieces together for each leg, however 2×4’s have the roundovers on there edges, so to get a tight glue joint, I need to surface one side of each piece.

here is the before surfaceing

and the after surfacing

and the lamination begins

while the leg blanks are cooking, I can turn my attention to cutting the bevels on the apron pieces.

so this is the left and right ends of the apron just set in place to check for proper angle alinement

now that the leg blanks are dried, I can cut them to final width and length.
and set them in place to check for there alinement with the apron ends.

the long rails of the apron are cut to beveled length, and set in place, now everything can be set in place to check for alinement of the whole frame before the doweling begins.

I noticed on the original that there was an offset of around 3/16” of the front middle end piece of the apron, with respect to its two surrounding neighbors, so here I’m making that offset mark to aline the other pieces too.

Now I can do the joinery, this will be with 5/16” dia. dowels.

I used the same offset for the leg blanks also, to give the legs an offset reveal with respect to the apron.

the leg to apron reveal

here is where I’m left off at, everything dowelled and dryfitted together.

Now I need to take it all apart, and begin working on the details on the apron, and compound scroll cut the leg blanks, and do detail work,

Probably now I’ll work on making the cabriole legs.

I will post the progress as this continues.

have fun in the shop…

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 08:33 AM

Looks interesting so far. You’ve got a lot bulk to work with there, so I expect you will be able to come up with a very nice piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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