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Project by ErichK posted 05-15-2017 09:12 PM 691 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project that I’m willing to share :) I’ve made some nightstands and cutting boards, but this is the first I’m really willing to share with everyone.

It started as a wish to replace the crappy Target coffee table we had, and browsing lumberjocks for ideas. I ran across this one: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/306962 that I thought was amazing looking.

So, a trip to the lumber store (and a $500 bill!) for 12/4 walnut and sapelle, plus some 8/4 birch was all it took to get started.

The base frame is walnut, done with mortise and tenon. I spent a solid weekend cutting the tenons by hand! The tapered legs were done on the table saw (with a masking-tape/scrap wood jig!).

The riser blocks are sapelle. They give the top a really nice ‘floating’ appearance, while still being solid and giving a nice visual for those who look under the top.

The bottom shelf is Birch with walnut pinstripes, flattened on my planer. The top is birch with sapelle pinstrips, flattened with a #5, #7 and a #5-scrub plane (plus a TON of sandpaper).

I hope you all enjoy this, it was a lot of fun (and nerves) to build!





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#1 posted 05-16-2017 01:15 AM

Looks great. I like the contrast between the top/shelf and frame.

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 01:15 AM

Congratulations on a great looking project.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 02:07 AM

Lots of work went into cutting those joints by hand! Fun project to do for yourself and testing the nerves is what creates that wonderful sense of accomplishment when it’s all done. I like how you added the pinstripes with the birch. I would suggest the next project is coasters to keep it looking beautiful! What did you finish it with? Great work! What did you learn the most about during the build?

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 04:03 AM



Lots of work went into cutting those joints by hand! Fun project to do for yourself and testing the nerves is what creates that wonderful sense of accomplishment when it s all done. I like how you added the pinstripes with the birch. I would suggest the next project is coasters to keep it looking beautiful! What did you finish it with? Great work! What did you learn the most about during the build?

- Jamie McDonald

The handcut M&T were definitely an adventure. The nerves came into play when doing final assembly and hoping everything didn’t explode:)

The finish is Waterlox. I learned a BUNCH about applying it (use a rag, not a brush as recommended!), as well as a bunch about creating the riser blocks. The pattern bits just did awful things when making those, so I’d likely lean toward just sanding them instead in the future.

I hand flattened the top, which resulted in about doubling my hand-plane proficiency :) AFTER the build, the key is learning to live with the little mistakes no one else notices!

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 08:42 PM

A beauty!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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