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Project by Kram79 posted 02-09-2010 04:02 AM 2536 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of two Cherry Coffee Tables I made for Christmas. I gave this one to my parents and the other went to my Girlfriend’s parents. Its made of cherry, with poplar as the secondary wood for the drawers. I stained it Sedona Red and coated it with a few coats of Satin Poly. I’m still trying to get the finishing part down pat and had quite a few headaches trying to get the Poly just right.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 04:07 AM

Nice coffee table.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 04:55 AM

the reflective finish looks great!

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 04:59 AM

Nice job on the finish.

Can I ask what happened to the shelf down below?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 05:20 AM

Great table well done

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 06:04 AM

Jonathan the board I used on the bottom was not full 4/4 stock all the way through. My Dad is a big fan of knots and things like this so it worked out to have a piece like that, its actually his favorite part about it.

-- You can never have enough tools

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 06:12 AM

Very cool.

If you don’t mind, how did you create the arc?

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 09:48 AM

Very Nice Table! Good Proportions. Elegant in it’s Mission Styling! AND! You used the same color stain as I did on the “Cobblers Bench” I just posted. Sedonna Red.

I know what you mean about the Poly. I think one of the problems is that the Name Brand stuff dries WAY To Quick. 30 Seconds after you put it on you can’t Touch it again! It doesn’t get a chance to ”Lay Down” the way it should. I’ve tried Water Base and Oil Base, same thing happens. I noticed that Lee Valley has some Poly that sounds pretty good. Think I’ll try that next time.

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 01:38 PM

Very nice looking table. Don’t think your alone with the finish situation. Seems to me that is the hardest part….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 02:48 PM

Very nice table.

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 02:48 PM

Great looking table. I am also with you on the poly. I have started to thin mine down with mineral spirits a little. That seams to help though you may have to add another coat to achieve the same look.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 03:56 PM

Lonerider- The curve was made by ripping a 4” X 24” strip of hardboard, then I cut perpendicular slots in the short ends on the bandsaw. I then took a piece of string and tied a knot in one end and a series of knots along the opposite end. Slip the string through the slots and let the knots catch in the slots to form the curve you are looking for.

Rick- I agree about the Poly’s quick drying time, my other problem is I don’t have a dedicated finishing area so dust was abit of a problem. I plan on setting up my shed in the spring as my new finishing room so that wll help with the dust part. Also this was my first oil-based poly and I really don’t like it very much. I’ve used Minwax water-based polyshades in the past with great results and may go back to that. Though I plan on trying it one more time with mineral spirits like Stanley suggested. I actually found an article after I put on the first two coats of Poly that suggested I do just that (mix Mineral spirits and poly) for the first coat or two. But since I haven’t even been woodworking for a year yet I’ve got to keep in mind my learning curve on things before I rule them out for future endeavors. As hard as it is to admit, I don’t know it all.

-- You can never have enough tools

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 06:18 PM

Nice design and nice work. I think that color is perfect for cherry.

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 07:17 PM

I’ve been looking for a ‘look’ for a coffee table in our family room and I just found it. Thanks for sharing.

I’ve given up trying to use poly in any version other than a wiping consistency – and then only when the piece will be subjected to considerable use, spills, wear, etc. (like a coffee table)

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#14 posted 02-12-2010 02:09 AM

Well done!

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