Oak Couch Table

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Project by MattMcC posted 08-11-2010 12:36 AM 1376 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok. Here is project number two. I decided to take the chance on more expensive wood. By my luck my local home depot was clearing out their red oak at half price. It wasn’t very straight and had to be jointed out pretty well. Cut the table legs from 2×4s. Everything is red oak except the drawer sides and backs, which are pine. Kept things simple. Thought about tapering the legs but decided to leave them be. Also kept the edge of the table top clean. Drawer fronts attached with sliding dovetails. Back of drawers just have a lap joint. Made sliding dovetail slides that run under each drawer. Had a problem with one of the drawer fronts. There was a spot that just would not take stain. It was not a glue spot. I sanded, cleaned with mineral spirits and re-stained the area and still a problem. Argh!

Still relied on pocket screws for a number of joints. Next project will focus on strictly wood. This was a good learning experience. A few bumps along the way but now I know better. The little helper there is my daughter, who likes to help with the finishing.

Stain is Minwax red oak. Finished with two coats of poly. Will probably lay on two coats of wax later. I figure I will sell this thing to recoup the wood costs and make a better one next time.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 12:41 AM

Very nice table.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 12:49 AM

Very nicely done….The handles go very well with the design and color of your project : )

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 01:16 AM

Oh My, what a lovely table! It looks very nice.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 01:36 AM

Great job and it looks like you have a good helper too.

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 01:51 AM

Great looking table. Love the color also.

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 02:44 AM

Table looks great – bummer on the spot that wouldn’t take stain. Must be frustrating after all the work put in. At any rate, someone not looking for it probably wouldn’t even notice. Nice work, and keep it up!

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 02:45 AM

Very nice looking table good build ( by the way there’s absolutly nothing wrong with pocket screws) ..............Schloemoe

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 03:56 AM

Nice looking table! I agree about the stain….too bad with all the effort expended, but doubtful if someone will notice unless they are taking a real close look! Looks like you have a quality helper there too ;)

-- Mason

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 06:34 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I’m going to recoup the costs of the lumber and be able to buy a clamp or two by selling this one. Next time I will have more flexibility in wood used so I can actually match pieces. Since I was culling the HD stock I did not have a long enough board to match the drawer fronts or make a more uniform looking top. I learned alot of other dos and donts in terms of piecing this together and finishing it. Hope those will be reflected in the next attempt.

Schloemoe – agree on the pocket-holes. They are indispensible in certain applications and can do just about anything. Just want to try to expand my joinery skills and focus on joints that are a visual aspect of the piece. Hidden joints scream for pocket holes though. They are just too efficient and strong to ignore. Here, where I did have some exposure (on the underneath rails) I plugged with oak plugs. It actually turned out much better than I thought.

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