Sofa Table/Bookcase

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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 01-09-2012 05:15 AM 2975 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been wanting a table for behind the sofa for a while, and we also have a constant need for more storage space. I came up with this plan to try to fill both needs.

The overall dimensions are similar to a normal sofa table (48×12 x 32). Constructed of oak plywood with solid oak banding, trim and doors. Stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain, then topcoated with Sherwin-Williams water based polyurethane.

The doors are partial inset doors, and there is a total of six adjustable shelves between the three sections.

I went with 45 deg chamfers everywhere rather than doing any roundovers. These are my first raised panel doors, which I made with a vertical raised panel bit on the router table. The rails and stiles are joined with mortise and tenon, with the inside edges of the doors also chamfered at 45 degrees. Since I don’t have actual rail and stile bits, I just mitered the inside corner of the stiles after routing the chamfer so it matched the rails (saw how to do this on a NYW episode).

Overall I am happy with the construction, but less so the finish (as usual). I obviously didn’t do enough sanding on some of the parts, but this was not apparent until after the finish was applied. The defects are not as apparent in person as they are in the photos though.

Since the Chief Decorator says everything in our living room must be a dark color to match some family antiques we have, I have switched to using solid walnut for my current and future projects for the LR. I don’t really like the look of the stained oak anyway, but it was what I had available at the time.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 05:17 AM

I like it! Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 05:40 AM

I think it looks great, especially in the natural light of pics 2-3.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 06:26 AM

Looks good if the chief directors happy…

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 06:28 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.

Glenn, I agree the color is better in those pictures, and is a lot closer to what it looks like in person. I actually had tried to just take all the photos without a flash, had the doors and window shades open and all the room lights on, but some of the construction details just weren’t showing up clearly. So, had to revert to using the flash.

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