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Project by fatman51 posted 10-13-2015 08:52 AM 745 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had me build this table in the same style as a full sized loft bed with a wardrobe under one end that I was building to go in a cabin that we leased for a while. Naturally, she put the table under the bed. We still have the table but the bed materials have since been repurposed. If I ever find a picture of the loft bed, I will post it. I made it out of reclaimed Douglas fir 2×4s, 6s, 8s, and 10s that were very tight grained. It was a massive piece of furniture.

I made the writing table frame out of dimensional lumber from the locally owned lumber yard. It sits on standard furniture casters and it is finished with 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Super-Spec sanding sealer (it can be used as a three coat finish).

I made the drawers with the leftover plywood from the top, using luan underlayment for the bottom panels. The drawers are 1-1/4 inches deep by 26 inches long. I framed the drawer pocket assembly with the same alder that I used for the drawer pulls. The drawers are finished with 3 coats of Super-Spec. The drawer pulls got a coat of polyurethane over 2 coats of Super-Spec.

The top is A-B sanded plywood with alder banding. I applied 2 coats of Super-Spec and 4 coats of Polyurethane, sanding down to 600 grit between coats. It has been so durable that the wife had me do exactly the same thing with our kitchen counter top.

The dimensions are 60”x28”x30”.

Interestingly, a fellow wants me to build a hardwood copy of this table for his daughter. I am planning a few minor changes and look forward to posting the build in my blog.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 09:40 AM

Super-Spec: What’s that?

-- Mark

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fatman51

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 10:47 AM

Not my favorite finish because it does not get super hard or waterproof on its own and, like with a lot of sanding sealers, things can get real plastic looking and tend to yellow. It is called Benjamin Moore Super Spec sanding sealer-finish or something like that. It is a fast drying, fast building alkaloid sanding sealer that can be used as a three coat finish. It is an alright finish for vertical interior surfaces like doors, but needs to be coated over with varnish on large flat/horizontal surfaces, such as tabletops or countertops. It should definitely be coated over with varnish where the wood will see misture. I used to use it in commercial work where time was the most important factor because it speeds things up, a perfectly flat/smooth surface is easy to achieve, and it does a good job op backing up the polyurethane. The above table has seen tons of moisture and abuse and it it still in perfect shape.

The doors pictured below were treated with two coats of the stuff and two coats of poly. They have held up great and they look okay, but they do not look as good as they would with a danish oil build.

Sorry, I could not figure out how to make the pic stay rotated, still figuring out windows 8.1

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 07:42 AM

stupid auto correct! Alkyd, not alkaloid.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 02:35 PM

It looks very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 07:29 PM

Thanks Charles!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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