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Project by TheDane posted 01-25-2010 12:26 AM 2615 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed some end tables, a coffee table, and a pair of lamps for the family room.

I built these in the shop ‘annex’ before the weather turned cold. I like to work outside … the light is better, I don’t have to run my air cleaner, the scenery ain’t bad, and cleanup is a lot easier!

The tables were built out of 1”x6” cedar from the big box store. The tables are based on plans from Woodsmith (issue No. 136), and all joinery was done with pocket screws. The tables have standard 12”x 12” tiles set into the tops. The finish is a water-based polyurethane that I had left over from another project.

The ‘lamps’ are inexpensive kerosene hurricane lanterns that I bought for about $9 apiece online. I just removed the wick mechanism, drilled through the bottom, and used a lamp kit from the big box. The cedar bases were made with scraps from the tables.

Total cost: under $50.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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GMman

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 12:32 AM

Great job on your tables.
I am like you I like to work outside fresh air no dust.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 01:16 AM

Lookin good from here :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 01:55 AM

Nice job young man!!!!
My tip for the day: Put a power strip on the work table in the outside picture. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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TheDane

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 02:39 AM

John—- Not using that table any more … after this project I built a workbench that rides on a 1200 lb mobile base, and has a movable fixture that has a power strip about 6” above the bench top. But thanks, anyway!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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woodworm

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 03:50 AM

You built very nice tables.
I like to see the green outside your shop. It’s always a pleasure to have option either to do work in the shop or outside in open space like that. Is it safe to leave your machine and tools unattended while you are taking a break n the house? Ha ha ha…if I do that, I’m pretty sure I have to add my tools to buy’s list.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 04:26 AM

nice table they looks super

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kosta

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 05:28 AM

looks good

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TheDane

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 05:35 AM

woodworm—Way ahead of you on the break thing … there is a fridge (properly stocked) right inside the door of the shop, and a very comfortable garden bench right outside the door! Thanks for looking!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 05:50 AM

Nice work!

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