1st try at a table

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Project by SamJobe posted 06-29-2010 06:01 AM 1572 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first try at a table. This is an end table with 6” slate tile. Obviously a lot of firsts were tried out on this project. One of my very first jobs growing up as a teen was to lay tile. I thought I could turn what I knew about that into a neat End Table. I cut a piece of 1/8 Birch panel to size then glued the slate tile to it using spacers. I used glue because I was concerned about the finished weight of this table. I added a picture frame of poplar cut with 45 degree angles (first time). I routed a 1/4” round to the picture frame, then questioned how to attach the legs and what size should they be? (I didn’t have a pocket hole jig yet.) The first set of legs I pre-made looked very thin and comical (think 2” square). So I made this set of legs with a tongue and groove (first time). How then do I attach them? Took me another trip to the store after a day long thought to come up with what you see in picture 4. Oh NO. I forgot to treat the stones. grrr. I tried to treat them while built into the table (first time I promise). Of course the treatment was soaked into the wood some. The stain didn’t look right and I was trying to use an oil based stain. This meant I kept adding the stain to cover the blemish hence the painted on brown stain you see in pics 1 and 2. Not my favorite project but it did teach me a lot about planning BEFORE you begin. lol

-- Everything real was imagined first.

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 07:13 AM

Nice table, I have been toying around with the idea of doing a tile top table as well I think you inspired me to go a little smaller with my design and do end tables. Keep it up!

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 07:20 AM

The proportions look right in the end. I think the brown stain is quite appropriate for the tile. Pine is problematic with stain – needs to be sealed first or else it gets splotchy.

I think it all came together nicely in the end.

PS. You actually never NEED a pocket hole jig. There are better ways

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 07:33 AM

Planning is good. I have learned this the hard way—at least a few times. I have been collecting granite tiles to make a patio table for my son. HE has a pool! I also play around making granite slab tables. Yours is a good first effort.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 11:47 AM

Good looking table. All projects, are good projects. The more you do the better you get. I have been doing woodworking for over 40 years and have gotten better at covering up my mistakes. LOL

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 11:51 AM

Good job on your first table. You know practice makes you learn. By your post you already learned with this project.
Hang in there.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 01:05 PM

Looks like your first wildly successful table to me.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 01:44 PM

It turned out really nice despite the glitches! Your story sounds like me when I do a project. It does make your mind flexible though, having to come up with solutions for lack of planning!!! Usually for me it is lack of knowledge and then I figure I have learned something.

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 01:55 PM

You did a very fine job with this table project. It is very functional, a creative design, structurally sound, pleasing to the eye. The bonus is the history of its making which you’ll keep with you forever. thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 02:16 PM

I couldn’t tell it was your first! Very nice!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 06-29-2010 02:58 PM

Nice looking table, Your on your way to perfection!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-29-2010 03:41 PM

That’s a great looking table…would not guess it’s your first…Good Job

-- "Happiness is creating dust"

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#12 posted 06-29-2010 04:40 PM

The table looks great. Thanks for the post. I have tile left over from re-doing the bathroom and was thinking of making some table tops for outdoors. Any tips on the best glue and grout for outdoor use?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#13 posted 06-29-2010 07:12 PM

The glue I used was a Liquid Nails product used to hang bathroom mirrors. It is movable for an hour or so allowing you to get the position right and has an exceptional strength. Most grout you would use on the floor is water resistant if not proof. Some even offer stain resistance which you might consider since the glue won’t let you easily change the tile. LATICRETE provides both of these qualities and allows you to chose a color.

-- Everything real was imagined first.

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#14 posted 06-30-2010 04:56 AM

I love it. My wife has been asking for something very similar for out patio.

-- “I'm thinking about it, ... I'm thinking it's the best way to piss [the French] off.” -Lance Armstrong

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#15 posted 06-30-2010 05:03 AM

Thanks Sam. I appreciate the info

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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