|Project by PhilBello||posted 06-28-2015 09:11 PM||897 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I was challenged by our friend DocSavage45 to make a piece of furniture, he vaguely aimed this at me some time ago, when he himself was challenged, but at the time I had nothing in mind, and laughed it off, but trust Tom, he is like an elephasnt, and never forgets!
I needed a coffee table for the gazebo, and fortunately had quite a bit of mahogany left over from a couple of big projects I had completed.
I didn’t want anything ornate or fancy, as it was outside, but I wanted it to look nice, and more importantly to last. I decided that I would do a pocket hole project, I have used these in the past to assist in construction, but never made a piece entirely from pocket holes.
I started with the frame, and pocket holed the rails to the 3×3 legs which I had prepared by rounding all the sharp edges with the router, at the same time putting pocket holes in the rails ready to attach the top… that seemed almost too easy.
Then, I took three boards, and pocket holed them together to make the top, once I had the size correct, I rounded over the edge with the router, sanding the top up to 320 grit,and stained the whole piece, it made it easier to stain at this point, rather than waiting until it was fully assembled.
That done I attached the top to the frame, and was inclined to leave it at that, but later decided to varnish the top, because during the tropical storms we have here, at times the rain drives through the gazebo, rather than down onto the roof, and I didn’t want water just sitting on top of the table.
This table has multiple functions, coffee table, extra seating, as well as a perch for which ever of my two dogs can get there first!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright