|Project by DalPal||posted 12-10-2011 09:15 PM||1746 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
Through the past two years I have been falling in love with woodworking! I have read practically every woodworking book, and magazine about it, and have been working on putting together a wood shop. Soon I realized that I was spending so much time learning about and thinking about woodworking, but wasn’t actually making anything!! :) I decided to start with a coffee table for my wife’s birthday present.
I was really happy with how it turned out. All of the rails and and stiles have mortise and tenon joinery, and the bottom shelf has a through tenon. I also made a significant bevel on the underside of the top, with I think makes the top look light and lifted. I cut the bevel on my table saw, raised the blade to its full height and then ran the entire top through it.
Cherry is very prone to blotching when stained, so I put Minwax PreStain on first, then I used Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain. This worked really well, I let the stain sit on the sapwood and lighter areas a little longer than the rest and it came out pretty uniform. Three coats of Polyurethane and it looks great!
I learned a ton and am excited to start on a new project now!