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Project by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" posted 02-05-2015 04:55 PM 1892 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife showed me a picture of a coffee table similar to this and said she wanted me to make one. I took it as an excuse to get into the shop and do the thing I love to do. Douglas-fir was the wood I chose to use. It is 33×33x18 inches. The picture she had for me had a link that you could order legs for what I thought was too expensive, SO I went and bought a new lathe (HF 20% off coupon) and some 4×4’s. With the exception of one practice run (and SEVERAL wood turning for the beginner videos) just to find out what the lathe tools were for I turned 4 matching legs basically straight out of the box. Instead of spending $250 for legs for a coffee table, I got a lathe for that price and a much cheaper, but still as nice, coffee table! A WIN WIN! Also, this is the first time I have ever used a pocket hole jig. I feel I am now starting to catch up to some of the talent that all my fellow Lumber Jocks have! I still have a very long road to travel yet! Thank you for looking!

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 05:36 PM

Turned out nice. Great job. I’m sure it’s sturdy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 06:26 PM

Looks good. Nice build.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 06:56 PM

New project, new tool. Happy wife, happy life. Looks good man! Ive never turned anything but for your first go around on a lathe im darn impressed.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 03:21 AM

Great job on the turning! I love getting the tools for the cost of a purchase. Everybody wins.

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 10:25 AM

Vary good work ,no one would know it’s your first time on a lathe them legs look vary nice . Keep up the good work take your time on that lathe and you will be ok . looking forded more of your turnings , I know if got I would be playing with all the time .
Baamaapii ( till next time ) my friend Nimkee

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 03:45 PM

Fantastic all around: Win-Win for two, new lathe, great looking table, time in the shop, heck – its like winning the lottery.
Like you, I purchased a HF lathe for a project, had a coupon that got me the lathe for about $90, turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I’ve had plenty of fun with that lathe since, hope you enjoy yours as much.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 05:47 AM

Very Nice Table Indeed!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 02-07-2015 09:22 PM

great job there.

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