|Project by Joshua Sargent||posted 10-03-2008 06:43 AM||5902 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
This is my very first project ever. =)
It’s a train table for my son. I don’t really have any tools or experience with real wood joinery, so it’s pretty crude. Basically, I designed it in my head while standing in the lumber section of Home Depot. I know…I’m not the sharpest chisel in the tool chest…
The frame and legs are made entirely of oak that was already milled at the store. I had them cut it to dimension for me since I don’t have a saw yet. (Unless a 20 year-old Craftsmen circular saw counts….either way, I didn’t trust myself yet with no table or straight-edge reference guide.)
The top is an oak veneer 3/4” plywood that they ripped down to 4’x3’ for me. The table was built around those dimensions.
All the joints are either glued with Elmer’s Wood Glue (don’t slap me…that’s all I had), or screwed with decent-looking brass screws.
Still need to do a bit more sanding and then figure out how to finish it. I’m WAY intimidated by the finishing part…no idea where to start. I’d love to hear any simple suggestions to start me off. Would tung oil be a good and easy (fool-proof) finish???
I’d love to do this over again once I actually learn something and get some tools. Suggestions on where to start on both are welcome!!! =)
UPDATE: I -=finally=- got around to finishing the table and have updated the pictures. I ended up going with one of the suggestions provided by you guys in the comments…I used 3 coats of ARM-R-SEAL by General Finishes. It was much easier than I thought it would be and I’m very happy with the look.
Note to self – don’t sand plywood veneer very much AT ALL!
-- -=Josh - Gurnee, IL=-