Mission-style Sofa Table

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Project by HTS posted 04-06-2009 05:42 AM 3107 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A “first” project for my wife. First real piece of furniture. First edge-glue composite project. First mortise and tenon project. First lesson in paying attention to the dry-run assembly…because it looked like it all worked well at that stage, but once i started gluing, it didn’t go together quite as tight. Thought I had been very conservative with the glue, but can think of no other reason that joints didn’t pull up as tight as during the dry fit during the clamping process. Red oak, satin polyurethane finish.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 05:49 AM

Nice table… I love Mission Style… to bad my wife doesn’t :(

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 06:02 AM

Thanks, lucky for me, it is my wife’s favorite…to go along with the pieces my grandfather created 90+ years ago. Just took me too long to slow down and get into it!

BTW Interpim – thanks for your service! My dad was career Army.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 06:45 AM

Great first piece. Simple yet complex enough to stop people cold to have them say, “it’s your FIRST one??”
How many coats of satin poly?

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 06:54 AM

2 coats on the lower portions, 4 on the top piece. 320 sanded between coats. Still learning the fine art of finishing. Thanks for feedback.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 03:32 PM

Nice looking table!

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

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 12:54 AM

very cool table..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 04-07-2009 05:17 AM

a big thunbs up.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 04-07-2009 08:03 AM

wonderful table …I love the style and all that Oak grain is really great : ) Congratulations on all of your firsts !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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