Better than IKEA...

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Project by wellington posted 09-05-2010 08:04 PM 2389 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ugh, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had any time to be hanging out out here…

Long story short, a while back I bought this end table from IKEA (for like $11)... and it’s fine. It stands up (most of the time), it’s flat, and large enough for me to set my laptop, a cool beverage and my feet… That said, it isn’t exactly high quality… or much of any quality for that matter, so I had one of those moments that presumably everyone out here has all the time… “What the hell, I’ll just make my own!” So I did.

Dimensionally, it’s 24” x 24” x 18”... Slightly larger than the table it’s replacing.

It’s made of black walnut and maple.

For some reason, I made it in 44 pieces… Which, If I were to do it all over again, I would rethink, because getting some of the bits to all cooperate was… interesting, to say the least.

Currently there’s one coat of rub-on satin poly, but I’ll be adding a few more over the course of the weekend.

I’m also fairly sure I’m going to put a piece of glass on the top, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

Minor Update – I forgot that I had a few pictures from while I was building… so I threw those into the mix for good measure. The clamp up for the top was thoroughly entertaining.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 09:56 PM

Better than Ikea? I didn’t think that was possible, oh wait that’s not the truth it’s just what they want us to believe! Looks good, 44 pieces that would be a challenge getting them all to fit nicely together, you did a great job!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 10:47 PM

I like it. And I think it is better than Ikea.

I noticed that you even flipped the legs and aprons across the design. Cool.

That is some nice looking walnut; deep and rich. You put it to good use.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 10:56 PM

Very nice piece. I like the contrasting patterns. The wife and I went to Ikea this past week and everything we looked at I kept thinking “I could make this better if by only changing this or that” so we ended up not buying anything…of course being able to make something better and actually putting in the time to do it are two different things; so I salute you for actually doing it. :)

-- Gunther, Marietta GA -- So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 12:33 AM

All has been said. I like your top pattern a lot.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 01:21 AM

Sweetness! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 01:38 AM

Nice looking table. Good job…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 01:42 AM

Great One Wellington! I really like it!
Really great looking walnut.
I think it is way better than Ikea!
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 02:19 AM

ottoh – Serious… I wasn’t sure I could make something of a higher quality than IKEA… :P There were definitely too many pieces. I didn’t plan this out at all, I just had an idea and started chopping stuff up. Had I thought about it for a while, it would have come together in a more efficient way. That said, I’m still quite pleased with the outcome.

Spalm – As always, you’re a massive encouragement. I did try to keep the alternation fairly consistent all the way around… but two of the aprons are actually matched to the top… because why not?! :)

Gunther – I used to go hang out at IKEA about every other weekend, and I would always have exactly that realization. I’d see things and think “man, I could totally make that… and way nicer,” but then I would have the secondary realization of “but man, that would take a long time, and probably cost more in materials than just buying it”... So, because I’m lazy, I ended up with tons of IKEA furniture… barf. Now I’m in the process of replacing everything with my own work!

Sodabowski – Thanks! The striped thing is just something that runs in the family, so it’s always my first instinct.

Dennis – Thank you, sir.

mtnwild – Thanks!

Woodenfrog – Per usual, thanks so much! The walnut was actually a bit odd. It was all cut from an old 8 ft. 4×4, and it was actually a bit more porous than I’m used to walnut being… but it worked very well, and the few things I made from it (this and one cutting board) turned out quite nice.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 02:49 AM

Way better than IKEA… and probably took you less time to build. I woulld still be looking at the instructions scratching my head.

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#10 posted 08-10-2011 05:20 PM

I like it! The table top reminds me of a birdhouse floor I did recently. Love the wood contrast and design in your table.


-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#11 posted 12-15-2011 03:26 AM

Nice size table and the design is unique as well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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