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Project by chickenhelmet posted 1908 days ago 1446 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 www.coloradorecordcrates.com





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1908 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#2 posted 1908 days ago

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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JoeinDE

362 posts in 1924 days


#3 posted 1908 days ago

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.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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isetegija

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#4 posted 1908 days ago

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

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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Rotceh

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#5 posted 1908 days ago

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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chickenhelmet

99 posts in 1914 days


#6 posted 1908 days ago

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

JoeinD,
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 www.coloradorecordcrates.com

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Kindlingmaker

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#7 posted 1908 days ago

Great looking table and workmanship!

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 1908 days ago

Nice hall table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1908 days ago

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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woodworm

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#10 posted 1908 days ago

Nicely done! Beautiful…

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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spanky46

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#11 posted 1908 days ago

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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WoodSpanker

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#12 posted 1907 days ago

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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Loucarb

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#13 posted 1907 days ago

Great job on your first table it looks great.

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Allison

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#14 posted 1907 days ago

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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johnpoolesc

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#15 posted 1907 days ago

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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