Cheap (Free) End Table

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Project by Pdl posted 778 days ago 1349 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They were adding an office door to a room at my work and they had a left over piece of 4×8 DF header. So, i took it along with 2 short 2×4 stud left overs too. This is “garbage wood”. Heck the header had cracks running through it. So I get it home and resaw it to 1/2” thick planks and let it dry out for a week. After some warping and cracking (I don’t know how I did this) I got it beat into shape. I built the entire table from this wood. Slapped a high gloss finish on (why not high gloss??) and called it done. It is about 21dx21w and 22 tall. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 778 days ago

I really like it! Doug fir is an outstanding wood!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 778 days ago

I love cheap.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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#3 posted 778 days ago

Not a thing wrong with it and free too. That’s the way to feel satisfied. Yip.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 778 days ago

Nice work!

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

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#5 posted 777 days ago

I have used fir plywood in panels on my barn/shop. They have a great pattern and the aging produces a nice red pattena (sp?) There is a problem as it dries. Due to the rapid growing cycles now used in farming these trees, the plywood seems to shred?

My two cents on a strong but fussy wood.

You did a great job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 777 days ago

Thanks for the feed back guys. Minus the cupping and warping, DF has some beautiful grain. Another lesson learned…

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#7 posted 777 days ago

It is some nice grain on there. Mighta gave your saw a bit of a whoopin, but, the table turned out nicely. Plus, ya can’t beat free wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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