|Project by Babieca||posted 04-22-2014 12:04 AM||894 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This shaker inspired coffee table is my first “real” woodworking project. The base is joined with mortises and tenons. The top is plywood with iron-on edge banding. All red oak from our local big box. The finish is Minwax golden oak followed by poly thinned to about 60-40 and wiped on, three coats on the base and nine on the top. In a week or two I’ll rub out the top with wax.
The choice of wood mostly came down to my lack of confidence in my ability to put something decent together. The construction turned out well enough that I wish I had spent the money on maple or cherry. I might paint it (or maybe just the top) so it fits better with our other furniture.
I promised my wife a couple of side tables to match. The local hardwood dealer has s4s domestic lumber, but maybe I can convince her that in the long run it will be cheaper for me to get a planer and jointer from Craigslist. I expect she’ll need a few more successful projects to be convinced.