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Project by bobdurnell posted 11-15-2008 08:47 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A teacher friend of mine had some red oak in her garage that a neighbor of hers gave her some ten years ago. It was probably older but I have no evidence. It had discolored badly do we ran it through my 13inch planer and took off about 1/16inch from each face. The final thickness was about 11/16inch. Made the wood look real nice. She wanted a multipurpose coffee table so this is where a picture is worth a thousand words. We stained it with a red mahogany stain that she had and I used a semi-gloss Varathane polyurethane oil based for the finish. The drawers are full extension measuring a full 26inches from front to back. Using solid wood really adds to the final weight. Used breadboard ends to help prevent cupping. The only plywood was 3/4inch Baltic birch for the bottom and the center divider. 1/2inch Baltic was used for the for the drawers sides. In the third picture you jocks can meet Nick, my new shop dog.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.





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oldskoolmodder

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#1 posted 11-15-2008 09:09 PM

That’s a really nice piece there Bob. I’d love to have that much oak to make something nice like this, so I could save all the black walnut for ME.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 11:59 PM

Wow, that must weigh a ton being solid oak! Nice work!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 12:27 AM

Looks great!

Have you trained Nick to sweep up yet? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 04:20 AM

Nice table Well done

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 04:34 AM

Nicely built table with generous drawers.

Great!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 11:41 PM

Looks superb. I like it that wood has been recycled. The stain has really brought out that grain. A piece of furniture to last for ever. I was just working with a small quantity of red oak: you have to like sharpening tools don’t you?

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#7 posted 11-17-2008 12:33 AM

Great design & finish Bob.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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