Sofa Table

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Project by Bothus posted 12-18-2009 02:01 AM 1793 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t make this table I just redesigned it.

Our neighbor put this table out for the trash man to take. It seemed so cute I brought it home (same way we got the dog).

I didn’t think to take a “before” photo but picture #2 is pretty close. It originally had two small drawers. The little woman wanted to put place mats in them but they weren’t big enough so I told her I would make bigger drawers for it.

It turned out that I couldn’t make two drawers wide enough without making the whole table wider so I just made one wide drawer with a divider and that worked perfectly (photo #3).

As you can see the original style was a “shabby chic” which I have never cared for. I also did not like the shape of the curves on the rail under the drawer and on the front of the shelf below (I’m all about curves). You can see the previous shape of rail in photo #2 and the front edge of bottom shelf in photo #4. I did like that idea of the heart but I didn’t like the shape of that particular heart.

I used the old top to make a new bottom rail and a new bottom shelf. Then I put on a new 1 1/2” thick walnut top. I bleached top to lighten it because the little woman said she doesn’t like walnut (grounds for divorce I think) and I stripped all the white and red paint off the pine and put a clear coat on everything.

I am happy with it except that every time I look at it I wish I hadn’t bleached the walnut. I should have showed it to her before, I’ll bet she would have changed her mind.

Take care,


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 02:37 AM

Nice save.
It came out real nice!

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 02:59 AM

I think it turned out wonderful. I was surprised to see how much it still looked like the original design. Only because in your description of the process it sounded like even thought you said it was cute, you didn’t really like anything about it…lol However, I think all the changes you made were excellent and did justice for the piece. Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada,

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 04:27 AM

I was surprised to see pocket hole joinery on such delicately carved table. Then I read your story and I understoud. From what you started with, you did a pretty good job, Master. It really caught my eye on the Projects section.



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#4 posted 12-18-2009 08:48 AM

Excellent work, definately first-rate, stunning.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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