|Project by swirt||posted 06-17-2010 04:57 PM||4622 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This Train Table / Coffee Table / Chest was made for my son. He needed a train table with a ledge so his train set didn’t keep getting pushed off the table as he played with it. Since this was going in our living-room, I also wanted it to serve as a coffee table and a storage chest.
The problem with it being a chest and a train table I solved by making the top lift off rather than be hinged. We can lift it off, put stuff away, then set it back down without disturbing the train or anything else that is on it.
The entire piece is made of pine. Due to the limitations of time (yes I was building this days before his birthday) I had to go with Lowes pine. Yes it was too expensive and took a lot of sorting at the store, but this is the corner I backed myself into by doing this project last-minute.
The panels are tongue-and-grooved with match planes they are joined at the corners by through dovetails.
The edge banding is free floating except glued on one long side to allow for wood movement. The corners of the edges are joined with halfblind dovetails as I thought they would wear a little better being that the corner is likely to get more wear and tear.
Finish is amber shellac with just a little BLO mixed in. It really needed 3 more coats, but time ran out. It is still on my “finish this up later list.”
The entire train table chest build spans several blog posts so I’ve just put the link to just the starting page. Sketch-up plans are available there as well.
Mostly this was done with donut powered tools, but I did use my bandsaw to rough out the arches for the legs, and my router to cut the pattern, round over all the edges and cut the dadoes.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com