|Project by JusticeBeaver||posted 07-18-2012 08:13 PM||728 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Walnut coffee table approximately 41 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall. Loose tenon joinery. It is spray finished in Hydrocote Resistathane (a water based poly) and the top is polished to gloss with Micro Mesh. My wife pointed to this at Pottery Barn and said “something like that”.
Nearly everything about making this table involved learning something new. First time turning, first time with bent lamination, frist time with angled joinery, first large glue up. Even finishing a large flat surface seemed to trip me up a little.
My shiny new MortisePal would not clamp onto the 3.5 inch leg so against the manufacturers explicit recommendation I employed shims and clamps to make it work. Worked fine! Getting the angle right between the aprons and the legs was a bit more challenging and took a good deal of trial and error with the miter saw.
The legs are clearly not identical but that can’t be determined from their location 2 feet apart and under the table top. I have a fifth leg sitting in the shop with a blown out edge where I was hot dogging it around the ‘skirt’ and ejected a chunk of the spindle into my face shield. Would have been nice to work with a solid leg but a blank that size was expensive and I already had a ton of wood to make a glued up from.
If I were to do it again I would glue up the top in stages, change the shape of the legs to be narrower at the bottom, use a smaller needle in the sprayer to start with, and use more clamps on the bent lamination.
I know its not perfect and I have a lot to learn but friendly and constructive advice is certainly welcome.
-- Lonnie - Peachtree Corners, GA