|Project by chrisworker||posted 09-14-2014 05:40 AM||1317 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I built this angled sitting area with oak plywood and solid oak material. I put raised panels on the bottom base on both sides of the storage areas and made all of the drawer fronts with the same raised panel design. The last picture shows the back support area without the cushion. I debated to make the back support slant to 5 degrees to offer a “relaxed” position when sitting against the cushion back or stay at 90 degrees. I chose 90 because the thickness of the cushions gives the homeowner the ability to nestle in a little if they wanted to when sitting there and not feel so upright. I used 4 1/2 sheets of oak plywood to make the back and seat areas and drawer boxes. I had enough leftover solid 3/4” oak pieces to make the raised panel sides, drawer fronts and to trim the plywood edges.
This was the first table that I ever made. It is solid 3/4” cherry boards and I used the Rockler radius attachment for routers. It worked great for me. I ripped multiple pieces of cherry for the apron on the table saw to 3/16” and built a jig so that when glued the strips now together will match the same radius as the table. I let it dry over night and attached the 4 glued strips after cutting them to proper length with countersunk screws. The base was made with the other half sheet of oak ply with extra remnants of oak scrap to hide the plywood edges. The feet were just glued up pieces of solid oak screwed to the base.
All of the oak was stained with General 2 part glaze. I have never done this process before and it was a little challenging at first, but I really like how it exposed the small lines of the oak. The cherry table top was a mixture of 3 stains to get it to the customers liking. All pieces were sprayed with General’s water based poly satin. It is non yellowing which I like on a project like this because I didn’t want the colors to change on me when finished.
-- Chris Bethlehem, PA