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Project by rimfire7891 posted 01-31-2012 06:52 AM 1808 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January project.
Asked the wife what she wanted for other house (beach house) She said “sofa table in a lighter colour”.
Had some white oak for couple projects that have never really got started so decided to use that, so the Arts and Crafts style goes with that material.
Use the dowel-max jig instead of mortise and tenon joints way quicker and just as strong. Had to make it come a part for the 1500 mile ride to the other house That why the tie strap is around the middle in the picture.
Used Sam Malhofs mixture for the finish. 1/3 tung oil 1/3 turpentine 1/3 poly. Put on two coats them rubbed the third forth and fifth coat on with 00 steel wool and then finally 0000 steel wool. Will put he final finish on it at the new destination. Bees wax, tung oil and BLO heated mixture and rubbed on with a soft cloth. Very pleased with the ease of application.
Finished all the parts before the final glue. Wasn’t too careful about not getting finish on the end grain as the dowel joints will be where the strength will be. Should make glue squeeze out easier to remove
Didn’t put any stain on before the finish and am quite happy with at the colour as is the wife. Used walnut for the end slats to step up the look a little.
Overall dimensions are 50”x17”x30” high.
At present, have to build something similar, for a microwave and toaster oven table, for the son. The dimensions will be about the same with a laminate top and about 34” high, the same as kitchen counter height.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 07:02 AM

Great looking table very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dpow

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 12:18 PM

Nice table, your wife should be pleased. You can’t go wrong with the Arts and Crafts style. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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JohnMeeley

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 12:22 PM

QSWO is one of my favorites. The Walnut accent really defines the table very well. Simple finishes rubbed out let the wood and your talent shine through. Triple winner for me.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 05:39 PM

Nice work, including the way you went about the finish! Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:48 PM

Nice sofa table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 03:00 AM

That is some real nice work, I like the way you did the legs.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 07:32 PM

jb,

Fine sofa table. How did you secure your slats?

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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rimfire7891

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#8 posted 02-06-2012 01:25 AM

Hi Branion,

Used a mortise machine with a 3/8” chisel to cut the holes ( mortise) Have done it similar way to what you did. Either cut a dado with the table saw or a router and make spacers between the slats. If you are careful with the wood selection it is very hard to tell its done that way. I think it is a little easier with a mortise machine because you don’t have to deal with cutting small pieces and matching. See the picture of the test hole, the mortise chisel is slightly twisted to the long side. I suppose that why we should always do a test hole.
Have just finished the other table for my son’s kitchen, will post some pictures after the finish is applied. In the first
picture you can see the boo boo of not dropping the shelf slightly below the end support so it has a revel, and you can see the laminate edge. Difficult to fix now so it will stay the way it is. Made the mistake on the second table, supposed to get smarter with doing things more often. (slap)

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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rimfire7891

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#9 posted 02-06-2012 01:37 AM

Seems the pictures didn’t load (my fault) so will try again.


Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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