My first project

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Project by chickenhelmet posted 05-07-2009 04:36 PM 1965 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, aside from my workbench, this is my first ever project. It is a table to make up for the lack of counter space in my kitchen so it is 36”Hx18”Dx48”L just like my counters. I “cheated” the whole way.(used dimensional lumber) The legs are 1’‘x3’’s glued up and routed with a bead bit twice on each corner. The top is just two big pieces of pine glued together. Honestly getting the tile right was the hardest part. I used a 1/2’’ straight flute bit and my router. Using a temp to make the outside cut, I then worked my way out from the middle. The tile is “floating” on a silcone based gule to allow for movement, and “grouted” in. The grout was something the guy at the tile store recomended, but was in a tube and very easy to apply, and feels like real grout.(also to allow for movement) Then came the finishing! This whole table is made from pine. Need I say more. As a new guy I had no Idea about the staining/finishing problems with pine untill after I build it. Anyway, I threw a coat of wood conditioner on and stained. I used General Finishes gel stain and Arm-R-Seal oil & urethane topcoat. I think the stain came out a little blochly. That said, it looks lovely in my kitchen!
O.K. what do you all think? Really, stain and all!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 04:45 PM

Hey Larry
Fantastic first table. It looks great. I really like the tile.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 04:47 PM

First project, huh?

I wish my first 10 would have turned out this nice!

Great work! Tight joints! Great treatment on the leg edges!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 04:52 PM

WOW! Having made a table recently that did not look this good, I am extremely impressed that this is your first project. You did a great job on getting the pine to look nice. I will have to try that finish combo on the pine utility cart that I just built.


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#4 posted 05-07-2009 05:03 PM

Very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 05:33 PM

It looks great,good work.welcome to Lumberjocks community,a place where we can to watch the work of wood masters.

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#6 posted 05-07-2009 05:35 PM

Thanks fellas. I was nervous posting for the first time. Anywhere, ever!

Minwax pre-stain conditioner, GF candlelite gel, and 3 coats Arm-R-seal. Love the G.F. stuff. I’ve also heard that 50/50 shellac and alcohol works as a conditioner, but no more sanding with the minwax.

-- Larry , Colorado

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#7 posted 05-07-2009 05:35 PM

Great looking table and workmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 05-07-2009 06:01 PM

Nice hall table.

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#9 posted 05-07-2009 06:23 PM

I think it is a fantasitic first table!

My only two critiques would be material choice (and you have already discovered for yourself the limitations of pine), and I personally would prefer a little less overhang on the sides.

I really like the overall design concept.

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

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#10 posted 05-07-2009 06:26 PM

Nicely done! Beautiful…

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 05-07-2009 06:44 PM

Don’t belittle your work or the wood you use! Some of the prettiest projects come out of the cheapest wood through the skill of the woodworker! Nice job Larry.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#12 posted 05-07-2009 11:08 PM

It looks very nice! Especially for a first project! :) My first project was a walnut box that I use as a step stool in MY kitchen…. Its not even in the same league! Good work.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#13 posted 05-08-2009 12:30 AM

Great job on your first table it looks great.

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#14 posted 05-08-2009 02:08 AM

First off. Let me say Welcome to this great community. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as the rest of us do. Second, What an awesome first project. Very nice!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#15 posted 05-08-2009 02:18 AM

way better then most pine finishes i’ve seen.. (both here and in my shop) great looking table.. i would have added stretchers or maybe a lower shelf.. but the open look works.

one great thing about this site… 1st project or a master woodworker.. each of us has something to add and something to show off.. again great project

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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