"ROOSTER" coffee table

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Project by John Russell posted 03-17-2016 11:39 PM 1251 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the project that started it all. What began as a handmade Christmas gift for mom, turned into a shop and a small collection of new and used wood tools. This was my first project and I tried to keep it simple. I used pallets from my jobsite because of the endless supply of them. I had no set plan or drawing, this was a strictly build as I go project. After stripping and trimming pallet slats, I decided to inlay a rooster to match moms kitchen decor. The rooster inlay was done on a scroll saw. After rough completion of the rooster top, I turned to the base. Base is made out of 2×4’s and 2×6’s. I used a pocket hole jig for the jointery and dowel plugs. I made two square frames and out chicken wire inside for a nice touch for the skirts. Upon rough completion I sanded and used oil based stains and 3 coats of poly. Being my first project I knew nothing about sanding sealers and other finish techniques but all In all the table came out great. Had many offers from random people wanting to buy the table, some offers were hard to turn down, but this gave me the idea that I could really make cool stuff and make a little money as well. Gave mom the table on Christmas, of coarse she loved it, but more importantly it gave me a new found love/hobby.

-- Shakedown, OKLAHOMA

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#1 posted 03-18-2016 05:48 AM

Hello John, welcome to the craft and to Lumberjocks. If this is your first project you have a great eye for design and have already learned a lot about woodworking. Great project and I will look forward to your future projects.

-- Have answers, need the right questions.

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 01:53 PM

That’s an awesome table. Love the design!

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 12:53 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!

-- Shakedown, OKLAHOMA

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#4 posted 03-19-2016 02:00 PM

Awesome inlay. Table looks great too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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