|Project by superstretch||posted 01-11-2011 07:48 PM||1237 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
This was my first, complete wood working project. From start to finish, it took a little over a week. The first three pictures are of the table I built my father-in-law. The fourth picture is of the table I built my dad. The different styles reflect the different decor at the respective houses.
I got the idea for the tables from a plan on the Minwax website, but ended up engineering everything as I went. Both tables are made from Lowes oak (I didn’t have the ability to plane my own stock at that point). Everything is biscuit jointed (a confidence booster for a rookie). The first table took about 1/2 the time to build, mostly because the legs are prefab screw-types. I loved the tile in the first table, but it was something like $14/sq ft. The second table still had some glue residue when I took the picture, but that was sanded off shortly after. Both were left unfinished because both recipients were capable of staining/poly-ing to match wherever they placed the tables.
I haven’t seen the table I gave my father-in-law (haven’t been over there lately), but the table I gave my dad is right next to his chair in front of the TV. He left it unfinished for the time being, but it really does look nice there. He has a lot of natural-color oak furniture in the house.
So there’s my first-ever completed wood working project. I stressed about every mistake I made, but was pretty pleased with the results. I learned a lot and had an excuse to buy more tools!
-- Dan, Rochester, NY