Pine Coffee Table

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Project by Konomigon posted 08-07-2009 03:18 AM 1209 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this coffee table to match the end table I had made earlier. I used mortise and tenon joinery on both tables. This was difficult because I only had a router or chisels at the time. I made the mortises by dropping the wood on to the bit at the router table. I can’t remember the stain but it was a lighter minwax stain followed by poly. I attached the table top with clips that fit into a grove I routed on the inside of the table.

-- Kris

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 06:22 AM

super table well done

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 10:13 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Nice table, I love working with pine.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 12:13 AM

Nice table, I wish more people would build pine furniture. For some reason people don’t seem to appreciate it as much anymore. Take a look at any pine antique, the character they build up over time is awesome. By his projects, I’m sure deus Norm would agree.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 04:03 PM

Very nice.

Was this white pine? Or southern yellow? I’ve never stained pine, but I’ve heard stories about it blotching; whereas your table looks beautiful. Did you have to use a pre-stain conditioner? Or did it take the stain “raw” without any problems?

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 04:09 PM

thanks for the kind words! That wood is a special pine called “Big box pine”, I used that before I learned I could get less expensive wood from other places. I do have to admit, it is nice wood, but kind of pricey. I did use a prestain conditioner. In real life there is a bit of blotching, but its not too bad. If I’d stain it again, I think I’d try sealing with some small cut of shellac.

-- Kris

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