|Project by treaterryan||posted 08-17-2012 11:48 AM||2066 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
First Project Post! I just finished this endtable for my little brother last night. It is made of poplar finished in with minwax dark walnut oil stain and topped with GF Arm-r Seal. I used prestain conditioner to help with the blotting issue I’ve read about with poplar. The bottom has 3 coats of Arm-r Seal and I put 5 coats on the table top, rubbing with 0000 steel wool in between each. The table is constructed with pocket holes to aid in the ease of construction. I did not have any 3/8” poplar dowels on hand, so I left them “exposed” for that “true craftsman” look.
It measures 18”x18” wide and 26” high. The bottom measures 16”x16” wide which allows a 1” overhang for the top on all sides. I left off the bottom shelf, I liked the way it looked without it.
My little brother just got his first college apartment and all he has is a bed and a TV. I promised I would make him this earlier this summer and I just finished it last night – he moves in today, so just barely hit the deadline. I figured he could use it as either and endtable off of his couch (if he buys one) or as a night stand. I wanted to put a drawer in it, but I have not reached that level of woodworking yet. All of the wood was purchased at HD – still working on buying a planer and jointer.
-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA