|Project by lobro4||posted 08-27-2010 05:33 AM||3564 views||17 times favorited||15 comments|
I christen this table RACHEL’S TABLE for my niece. She moved into a new condo and had a spot that was aching for a small sofa table. I was flattered that she trusted me. She said I was the first person she thought of (poor kid.) “Send me the measurements,” I said. She did with the message “I trust your instinct.” Boy… now the pressure was on. I drew my inspiration by searching the projects on LJ and on Fine Woodworking. The final plans were all my own. The parameters I built under were 1-It needed to be a specific size. 2—Cost containment 3—Building it so it could survive a shipment from Kansas to Massachusetts. The last picture shows it at its new home.
The top is a single slab of curly cherry that started as 8/4 and was planed to 1 1/2 inches. The bevel on the underside was cut using a panel cutter on my router table. Sanded to 220 with my random orbital sander. Wood sealed with two coats of 1lb cut clear, de-waxed shellac. Top coat with three coats of spray water based poly. Secured to the floating supports by screws.
The legs and aprons are from poplar. The legs are 1 1/2 inches square before putting the shapes to the outside faces. The shaping was rough cut with a band saw and finished using a pattern bit. The aprons received the same treatment and are 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches. The tenons are 1/4×1 x 5/8. The poplar is sanded to 120, primed and painted with latex acrylic and then top coated with the same water base spray poly. Sanding after every coat of every layer.
The final size is 45 3/4 long x 8 wide by 30 1/2 tall. The gap between the top of the legs and the bottom of the tabletop is 1 1/2 inches. Legs are set in approximately 7/8 inch from the ends and sides.
I was especially pleased with how the shaping of the legs flowed into the arched aprons and the under bevel of the top. The litmus test, however, was a niece who was pleased with the result. Love ya’, Rachie. May you enjoy it for many years!
Thanks for looking.
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