|Project by Lifesaver2000||posted 11-22-2011 07:17 AM||1817 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Although I have built shelves and framed windows and doors around the house over the years, this was my first stand-alone woodworking project since the early 1980’s (That was a large monitor speaker that I still have and use).
I completed this table about two years ago. It was built entirely with wood salvaged from a pallet. I am pretty sure that it was some type of oak. This table had my first mortice and tenon joints, first tapered legs, first glued panels, and my first use of hand planes to smooth the wood.
The color comes from Minwax dark walnut stain, covered with polyurethane from a “rattle can.”
I actually had initially planned to scrap this once it was assembled (before applying the stain), since it was just intended as a practice piece, but my wife saw it, thought it was cute and wanted to keep it. Since I hadn’t initially planned to apply any finish, I was not as careful as I should have been with the glue, so the finish is far from perfect.
The sizing is about right to sit beside a recliner, with the height the same as a standard coffee table (there is an 18 inch ruler in front of the table in the photos for a reference.
From a practical standpoint it was a great project. This table is sitting beside me right now with my tea, and it sees constant use pretty much every day.