Kitchen Pub Table

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Project by Ger19wmu posted 01-05-2012 11:02 AM 2473 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok…so this was the first real “finished” type of project for me, and one of the more serious ones for my buddy (Dwinkel5). It’s nothing too flashy, just a pine pub style table. We threw around some different ideas, and ended up deciding to pocket screw in all the slats on the bottom and make it all flush to give it a nice clean look. The top is a pre-made aspen panel from Lowes, the legs are a 2×6x8’ that we used the table saw to square and rip to the same size. The framing is 1×4’s and the slats are 1×3’s.

The true fun of this project was the week or so worth of work to get the pine black! I wanted to have grains show through, but like the modern look of the black with the raw top…..

First we tried a Minwax ebony stain….Fail (this we did all the parts with…from here just a “test leg”
Then we tried more Minwax ebony stain….Fail
Then we tried a black lacquer…looked like paint, no grains….Fail
Removed the lacquer, tried a higher potency stain that Sherwin Williams made for me….Fail
Tried a solid color stain like you would use on a deck….it was close, but grey….Fail
Tried staining the solid color stain (it was late, a couple of beverages were involved and we were getting a bit frustrated at this point!!).....obviously….Fail
More removal…..
Tried a “dye stain” that the guy at a woodcraft store recommended….it wasn’t taking….Fail
Finally ended up putting the dye stain on like paint, let it dry, second coat, spray Minwax Polycrylic to coat….SUCCESS!!!

The top is just multiple coats of the same poly….

We’re still starting out at this, but we did learn about 15 different ways NOT to turn pine black….I think the next time will be stronger dye right from the start….I still have to make a coffee table, end tables, etc. to match the design…so lots more practice to come!!

-- -Jeff.....IT guy/Mechanical Engineer that likes building stuff!

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 06:07 PM

Hey Jeff Welcome to Ljs
A cool looking table well done.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 03:29 AM

Great looking table, I’ve been considering one that same style and size. Do you remember the measurements you used on teh L X W X H?

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 03:51 AM

Thanks for the comments! @LincolnLog: The top is a 2’x3’ aspen panel from lowes, about 20 bucks…the legs are 40” tall, made a good height for the 29” stools (comfortable for average size folks, and good for me too at 6’5”) the top frame is 16”x28” so there is a 4 ” overhang around the whole thing…the legs weren’t measured for width and depth, we just cut them all down with the same settings on the table saw, so the bottom box is kind of custom fit inside the legs. the only end grain right now is on the top frame…which we are talking about making some sort of thin L shaped corner trim piece to cover it…maybe make it match the top.

-- -Jeff.....IT guy/Mechanical Engineer that likes building stuff!

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