Hickory Coffee Table

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Project by Chris posted 04-17-2015 04:42 PM 1017 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table I made to match the entertainment center. It’s all solid except for the back panel and drawer box. The drawer bottom and back are recycled hickory plywood left over from the Kraftmaid kitchen remodel.

I think I finally found a good way to sand down glued panels on this one. If you have a drum sander or are more skilled than me this would not apply but here you go. First thing was on the glue up I only glued one joint at a time, used clamps on the ends and/or boards across the whole thing to push down on a high side to make sure the boards are as even as possible. Next was use 120 grit on the belt sander and rotate at 45 deg of the grain back and forth. This did a great job of taking it down quickly and evenly. Even for hickory the time was not too bad. I sanded lightly. When about done the seams are good but you have deep scratches. Now turn the sander but only rotate in the direction of the grain and only move it in the direction of the grain. Next was the orbital sander and hand sanding. I also tried adding mineral spirits. It may have helped a little but not by very much. I used a hand plane on the last maple desk project and it took much longer and I had too much tear out and the tops are a little wavy. I’ll try the belt sander again on the next project but it will be a softer wood so my results may vary.

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 05:42 PM

Very nice work!

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 11:16 PM

usually not a fan of higher contrast wood grains or mixed species with contrast but this looks great!
thanks for sharing your glue up technique too

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 03:03 AM

Nice job! Thanks for sharing your project and your sanding techniques.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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