Matching Scrap Ends Tables with lacquer finish

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Project by Cornholesgalore posted 07-26-2016 04:02 AM 1128 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Alright lumberjocks, it has been a while…..

but I’m back! I have been embedding myself in the world of woodworking over the past year. I have learned many techniques, tricks, and have acquired more tools. These tables are one of the last few things that I have made. I have a driftwood coffee table in the works, that I believe will turn out stellar!

Forward we march! This two beauties came straight from my scrap ends piles. I work as a tombstone setter during the day, so we get a ton of crate wood that is used to protect the monuments as well. The 4×4’s that I used for the legs were badly warped, so I had to plane them down a bit, but other than that, here are the steps that I took.

1. Cut material to length-

In my case I did these tables 23 inches high x 24 inches in width. The leg connector pieces at the bottom were cut to I believe (but don’t quote me on this, I’m pretty tired) 13 inches, maybe 14 though. The top pieces were all 24 inches long, besides the black stained outer top pieces. Those were cut to length in order for the sides to meet 24 inches (again, sorry I’m tired and don’t wanna do the math :D)

2. Activate your Stainerator-

After you have all your pieces cut to length you must activate your Stainerator. Don’t worry, this tool is free, and is commonly referred to as your right hand (or left for you lefties). Stain each piece to your desire. The stain that I used on these tables is actually a new product by Rustoleum. The ebony stain was a little to dark for my liking (literally was like putting on paint) but I was very satisfied with the other colors, and the longevity of the stain itself. By longevity I mean a little goes a long way with this stuff. I digress, I decided not to stain the legs, and torched them with a torch to bring out the grain a bit more.

3. Build the top-

Now that all your boards are stained, lets get your top put together. To put together the top, simply lay your top boards on their side and nail them together 1 by 1. Just a side note, I used nails because it was quicker for me, and by the time all the boards were together, it was pretty solid. So choose whichever medium you would like to build the top. Note that you can either attach the very outer pieces to the legs FIRST, or you can pocket hole them from beneath the table top itself and attach them that way. I honestly tried both methods on these tables and both were sturdy and hidden.

4. Hit the squat rack

Its time to build the legs on their own, and then attach them to the completed top. ARE YOU READY! But really,

I used screws on the bottom of the 4×4 leg connector piece to attach the 3 pieces together. On the 2nd table, I decided to use dowels instead, and both methods were very sturdy, though the screws were quicker, the dowels may be better structurally.

5. Connect your Top and Legs-

For this, I simple ran some pocket holes through several of the pieces, and stopped a 1/2 inch or so away from the leg. I ran 2 screws on each side of each leg for a total of 8 screws holding the top to the legs.

6. Lay down some sweet sweet lacquer-

I’m a huge fan of the finish that makes the wood look like it’s drowning in shine. Like the bar epoxy with stuff encased in it look. I start out with a few thin even coats, but then open up after the 3rd or 4th thin coat. Sometimes I wet sand in between coats and sometimes I don’t (Both to me give satisfactory results). Most of you will probably believe I’m crazy, because I have looked up HVLP Gun settings for lacquer, and I use a way different setting, but it seems to work for me. I shoot around 50-60 PSI, and usually have the flow 1/4 the way open for the thin coats, and about 2/3rds the way open on thicker coats. Typically I flash them dry by setting them out in the sun for 5-10 minutes and then put them in the shade for 5-10 minutes, and repeat that a few times. On the thinner coats it dries a lot quicker. I may be wrong, but to me it seems to dry faster.

There it is folks, now go cut down on your scrap wood!

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 11:27 PM

Nice tables!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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