This is table i’m working on, I know its a little “grand” for a first timers table, but I figured if I can do this table, it will make doing future tables much easier. I’m a child of the 80s and i grew up around 70s and early 80s furniture and if you remember, it was all massive and looked like wood. I love huge furniture still and can never just let a good floor model tv go to waste (i made a router table out of one and a fish tank out of another). So without regard i started on this “table” and it turned out huge and i had no idea why until i looked around my house. Everything i own is from the 70s or early 80s and big as all get out. In hindsight, that must have been why it was SOOOOO much fun moving into this house a year ago.
It is made out of a cabinet grade pine top from lowes, pine 2×2s and plywood. It is 23.5×48 and 27 inches tall. I know, pretty big considering my original idea was for a coffee table, ahaha.
I need to add stretchers for more stability since it wobbles a little. (i’m actually considering making it a cabinet instead of just adding support)
My dad used a rotozip with a jigsaw mount to cut out the diamond in the center, then i thought it needed it to be a little bigger and made a bad cut and thus the idea of a frame around it was born. I bought some small molding from lowes and we cut the miters, glued it together and i tried regular titebond2 on it, but the pressure was too much i guess and i had to use epoxy to get it to stay in place. maybe its a humidity thing. (i do live in west TN, very similar weather to Mississippi).
The finish is 2 coats of cherry oak i got at lowes discounted, 11 bucks for a gallon of something smooth like cherry oak? i’m buyin every time. anyway I dont know anything about staining and this is the first real attempt at staining well, i can see some flaws i made but oh well, life goes on. I sprayed 2 coats of poly from a can, some parts are smoother than others, i think i’ll get into the brush on poly before i give this piece away.
I got the idea from a generic coffee table pic on the web, and thought it would look better if it were bigger and had a porcelain tile in the middle of it.
including the rotozip bits i had to buy the table has only been about 50 dollars worth of materials.
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