Look! I made something that wasn't cheap...wasn't too expensive, though

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Project by SST posted 12-28-2007 12:06 AM 2406 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, last Christmas I made a sofa table for one of my sons (my first posted project, I believe) and after my other son saw it, his comment was “I know what I want next Christmas”.
So here we are 1 year later and I can post the next project, and my other son is a happy guy. This table was a bit more complicated, so my other son (the sofa table guy) gave that old “his table is cooler than my table” look, and I suppose there’ll be no shortage of projects (or challenges) in my future.
Like the first one, I browsed the web a bit looking at various styles, and drew my plans reflecting a combination of things that I saw. For me, I get a lot of satisfaction out of designing it so it’s a one of a kind piece. (at least when It’s first built)
I used maple throughout, but the inherent cheapskate in me demanded that I pinch a few pennies somewhere, so the bottom shelf is made from boards scrounged from some old pallets. {Here, however, I need to give credit and a special thanks to Lumberjock, Woodgizmo in Weston which on the big map looks like it’s in my back yard, but is actually a couple of miles east of me. He was kind enough to plane these boards to transform them from scraps into the lower table shelf}
I used the old Shopsmiths for the rest, in the form of: tablesaw, bandsaw, disc sander, shaper, and horizontal boring machine. The drawer is fake…I started this too late, and I justify it as “my son will never use the drawer, anyway”.
This whole woodworking thing is kind of fun…maybe I’ll make something for my wife, next. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 12-28-2007 12:09 AM

I’m really glad I could lend a hand. The table turned out very nice.

Let me know if you ever need anything else.

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#2 posted 12-28-2007 12:11 AM

Beautiful table!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-28-2007 01:12 AM

Very nice job. It sure is good to have mates in LJ’s.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 12-28-2007 01:20 AM

Well done, very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 12-28-2007 01:28 AM

Nice table, SST!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 12-28-2007 01:33 AM

LJ teamwork, cool! Nice table too!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 12-28-2007 02:47 AM

Very nice indeed! Great lines and proportion.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#8 posted 12-28-2007 02:58 AM

Great looking table. He’ll be back and ask for a real drawer. You can bet on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 12-28-2007 01:17 PM

Your table came out really nice. If I was your son I’d sqawk about my fake drawer :-)). If you make the other son one – don’t put a drawer in his either, that way neither can complain. Great job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-28-2007 01:58 PM

That’s a nice table. The bottom shelf doesn’t look at all like pallet material.

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#11 posted 12-28-2007 02:04 PM

Nice table.

-- Jiri

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#12 posted 12-28-2007 02:39 PM

Very nice table

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 12-28-2007 03:41 PM

I love this table! Tell us a little about the finish.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#14 posted 12-28-2007 04:49 PM

Nice. That looks very handsome.

Fake drawer? I use the drawer in my sofa table all the time to keep my stuff. I bet you will be putting one in soon.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-28-2007 04:50 PM

Very nice!!

I hope my children drop hints for me to build furniture for them someday!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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