Coffee Table

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Project by Armand posted 02-10-2011 05:58 AM 2570 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another practice project and my 5th since joining Lumberjocks last April of 2010. Nothing fancy here just a very simple coffee table.

Five projects from a busy father of four with still 2 months to go before my first anniversary here in LJ. I hope my rate isn’t that bad being a woodworker on weeknights and weekends only and with still 1 daughter in college and a 5th grader boy.

Slowly, power tools have started coming in to my workshop. Thanks LJ.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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Marty Backe

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 06:14 AM

Looks very nice. You seem productive enough. You might be surprised at how many people wish they completed five projects in one year.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 08:32 AM

great job on table what type of wood is that looks like walnut.

-- Chad Manzanitaman

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 01:06 PM

What do you mean “nothing fancy”. I think it’s wow! wow! It is super!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 03:08 PM

Like it, beautiful!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 04:50 PM

simple and nice
good job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 11:18 PM

The biggest mystery to me in woodworking is how to get such beautiful finish using locally available materials. I’ve invested on materials and followed instruction diligently to no avail. Yes, I get a nice finish but not quite the one I see with others, like your coffee table and your other projects. I’ve been looking for shellac in our hardware stores but they say it is not sold anymore. I read that shellac is a very good sealer.

Your background is pretty much like mine. My father was a teacher like me and an avid woodworker. I was exposed to woodworking at an early age. In high school we had a woodworking class which I enjoyed a lot. We used hand tools. No power tools then. At that time we used shellac for finishing. Lacquers were not available then.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 04:58 AM

I inherited this trait from my grandfather, he was a boat builder and built several. I started my woodworking when i was a 5th grader and i recall some of my projects were a folding stool, a turned wooden mallet, tool box, a marking guage and a wooden driver’s seat.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 05:08 AM


You can buy shellac online. Buy it as flakes you mix up with denatured alcohol. it’s not expensive or difficult…

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-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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