Nolan'esque end table

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Project by canuckMKD posted 01-19-2015 10:57 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried making the ‘nolan end table’ that sells at walmart… made a few mods like more notches and instead of an ogee I just rabbited all around the perimeter… and no bottom platform :(
anyhow this was just an experiment to see if i could make pine look decent…
For the finish, I sealed it with a wood conditioner, then followed by staining with rustoleum kona, then a small spit coat of shellac, then more stain, then sealed it off with more shellac(I dont like laquer because it stinks too much).

**update: the table is now at my right side in the morning, so i can drink my coffee on it and my cat has claimed dibbs on the underneath area, he uses it as a canopy for his naps.

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 11:06 PM

I think that looks quite nice. Good work!

-- - Billy

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 12:05 AM

Thank you sir, I am still on a learning curve with regards to finishing, I find that the finishing process takes longer and is more onerous than the cutting/joining process.

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 01:59 AM

looks very nice, especially the legs, got a question, how did you join the tabletop and the rest part?

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 02:07 AM

I used a pocket-hole jig and dilled pocket holes upward along the aprons, and just screwed it down directly…. usually I would put corner braces and use lag bolts in the legs for extra strength, but this will just be for a lamp and a clock and miscellaneous junk, so I think its sufficient the way it is now. Glad you mentioned this because i forgot to mention it is a pocket-hole project.

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 09:32 PM

I can’t imagine anything wrong with using the pocket holes to hold the top on. It can’t really go down anyway and Its not going to float away like a 3 musketeers bar.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 05:07 PM

Yeah, for smaller items like this, i think the pockethole is the best really, quick, easy, strong enough…
I would’nt use them for chairs or benches or where significant forces can be placed on them…. but small tables are perfect..

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