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Project by 8iowa posted 1327 days ago 2205 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been remiss in uploading project pictures. It seems as if I have been involved too much in home improvement adventures, and it’s hard to get too excited about a shelving system for a walk in closet, or pull out shelves for the lower kitchen cabinets. However they have made my wife very happy, and that’s important too.

The long “sofa table” like unit is a somewhat rare project, as I finally made something for myself. It’s actually a 12” wide by six foot long table for my “man cave”. It fits up against a wall and gives me a place to store and display my guns and cases. Made from white pine, the top is 1 3/8” thick with a 3/4” shelf underneath. It’s held together with six turned spindles and 5/8” dowels through the shelves. Since the room has walls and ceiling of clear finished white pine I decided to experiment with milk paint in order to add a little color.

Next is a Christmas present for my daughter, a 33”x48” sewing table for two. She has an ever growing quilt group and this sewing table makes it possible for two ladies to sew in a small space. The apron and tapered legs are curly maple and the top is 3/4” birch plywood with edge banding. Again, I experimented a little bit, using a water based dye. It did a great job of highlighting the curl in the wood. Final finish was three coats of polyurethane. In retrospect, I would have loved to make the top out of solid curly maple. Alas, the Christmas deadline was approaching too fast. Maybe next time.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#1 posted 1327 days ago

Very nice work. I love the color of the “sofa table”. It’s a very unique look.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#2 posted 1327 days ago

Very nice work, and I like the apron too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 1327 days ago

The sewing table is great…what a cool idea. My sister quilts with friends and they talk about husbands and stuff. What a great way to work with a friend and gab at the same time while both sew.

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#4 posted 1327 days ago

You do know they are going to make DAD a quilt for his fishing trips .
My sister keeps hinting she wants me to make her a large sewing center.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 1327 days ago

Love the sewing table and the sweats —Go Gators! ;-)

-- Gary, Florida.

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#6 posted 1327 days ago

Nicely done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 1327 days ago

Nice work! Both look very nice!

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#8 posted 1327 days ago

Both projects look great Ralph. Gotta keep the wife happy with the other projects too.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#9 posted 1327 days ago

Both are really nice projects. Your shop is so neat and the sewing room reminds me of my Mom’s, with the big quilt rack. I agree with Gary above…......... GO GATORS

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 1327 days ago

The projects you make that bring the smiles like in picture #2 make it worth it.
Great job.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#11 posted 1327 days ago

Both very nice projects. The sewing table had a lot nice details.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 1321 days ago

nice work!!! great SS SHOP!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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