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Project by scuppasteve posted 09-05-2011 04:13 AM 4937 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok with the crappy economy and my wife getting laid off last summer has resulted in me not having the money for “Fine Woodworking” so here is the alternative.

This is my $18 Coffee Table built with all Lowes materials. (2) 2×4’s, (1) 4×4, and one thin sheet of OSB. Thats the $18 there was some wood glue and Arm-R-Seal that went into it but thats it. Personally for $18 bux i think it looks awesome and i think the randomness of the OSB is awesome, with the light hitting the various strands of wood and making it look like it glows.

Anyway hope you like it.
Steve





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psh

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 04:15 AM

Great job and very creative!

-- Peter, Central VA

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usnret

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 04:25 AM

Hey that does look pretty nice. I really like the way you tapered the legs. When you get more money you can easily add a nice top made of pine over the OSB.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 04:25 AM

Looks like a burl wood slab

-- Norman

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tyskkvinna

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 04:32 AM

I’m actually a HUGE fan of OSB used in furniture if it is under a good solid layer of finishing. I think it looks really exotic. I love this piece. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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CptWingnut

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#5 posted 09-05-2011 05:03 AM

I did this for shelving under my cement workbench in my garage, the OSB did look really neat with the varying strand color and arrangement. I thought I was really ingenious to come up with this by myself, but then I saw this technique used for the shelving at an REI, and couldn’t figure out how the REI people got into my garage to steal my idea!

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HalDougherty

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#6 posted 09-05-2011 01:15 PM

Very creative! The osb does resemble an exotic burl. If you are located close to East Tennessee, I’ll donate a slab for you to make a bench or coffee table. I’ve got some extra slabs that I don’t have plans to use and I’d like to see someone get to enjoy them.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 09-05-2011 03:21 PM

That’s what I call economy furniture with class!

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

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getlostinwood

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#8 posted 09-05-2011 03:50 PM

Looks great, a true blessing of the economy, it forces us to think outside the normal.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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BenR

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#9 posted 09-05-2011 04:53 PM

I like it! Maybe I’ll use osb for the panel on my tool cabinet doors (the one on my to do list). Nice idea.

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#10 posted 09-05-2011 07:46 PM

Great looking table.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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studiousmatt

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#11 posted 09-11-2011 04:01 PM

I have seen literally thousands of projects here that use really cool techniques or materials. this is one of the cooles because it uses inexpensive materials and it came out looking really nice.

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