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Project by Carbide posted 06-13-2014 04:41 PM 853 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I started in October 2013 and finally finished June 2014. I was half way finished and didn’t know what I wanted the bottom shelves and bottom legs to look like. So I put them on a shelf for about 3 months and worked on some other projects until I finally pictured the design I was looking for in my head. Then I pulled them off the shelf and went back to work. I built a total of 1 coffee table and 4 end tables.

I used red oak, cherry, and walnut for the wood species. I used a jig to cut all of the little slats to the exact same size. If the sizes were slightly different then the layout would not work. I then glued them all down to aa oak plywood substrate. For the table aprons I laminated walnut onto cherry and planed the walnut down to about 3/16” so when I cut the rosettes, the cherry would show through the walnut.

I was unsure about what finish to use and I decided to use Aqua Coat brand finish found at aquacoat.com. I used 2 coats of their sanding sealer, 4 coats of wood grain filler, another 2 coats of sanding sealer, then 10 coats of commercial table top finish. The table top finish is a poly-acrylic blend with a catalyst to make it super hard. Then I sanded the tops only with 1000, 2000, 3000, and 5000 sandpaper. Then I buffed the finish with a buffer and swirl remover. Then I topped it with a coat of Turtle Wax. The tops are like a sheet of glass.

If anyone is interested in building these tables then message me. I am thinking about marketing step by step plans with many pictures and tamplates

Thanks for looking!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-13-2014 06:00 PM

Great job. I agree about “seeing” it in my head. I don’t like building something till I can visualize it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Carbide

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 06:21 PM

Thanks Monte.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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cck7272

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 11:50 PM

Great job! And learned a new skill. Spraying water based finish.

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aussiedave

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 11:31 AM

Very nice tables the Herringbone pattern looks great and I really like the way you have done the legs on the and the choice of woods. Excellent job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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MarkTheFiddler

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#5 posted 06-14-2014 12:44 PM

The time you spent was worth it. The tables are absolutely fantastic!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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CarverShavings

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#6 posted 06-14-2014 12:51 PM

You could put those tables in my house if you need a place to store them.

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 01:52 PM

These are really nice, great work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Carbide

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 02:43 PM

Thanks guys. I really appreciate all of your comments.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 03:07 PM

These will make great conversation pieces and are done so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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