|Project by woodmaker||posted 10-11-2012 05:33 PM||1036 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I made another coffee table this past week-end.
This is from lumber I found at the local habitat for Humanity. I still don’t know what it is, but it is a hardwood (I think) harder than Poplar for sure. I looked in my wood ID book and the closest match I found was European Beech (with spalting), but who knows, I certainly don’t; but I sure do like the spalting and other grains it has.
The last table I made the wife made me paint it, but I refused to paint this one and she agreeed so now it sits in the office.
Anywho, the top is four boards glued up to 19” wide x 29 1/4” long x 17” tall.
The legs are 3×3”-ish pine with left over scrap veneered onto the legs. Now that was a new experience for me and it took several passes back through the planer to get the legs right! Finish is McClosky’s satin brushing varnish, 4 coats.
The top is fastened via pocket screws because I haven’t mastered mortise and tennoning yet. I bought the General Mortise and Tennon jig, (that’s another review later) but so far I am not happy with that as the pieces I used never came out centered and making the mortise was difficult as I couldn’t get the bit to stay centered either. I’ll keep working at that, but next time I think I’ll use my drill press, forestner bits and chisels. :-)
If it looks thin on top it is! The lumber was twisted, cupped & warped to the point that I was left with 13/16”, but I wasn’t going any lower. I was shooting for a minimum of 3/4” but the lumber just would not allow that. I actually burned up the motor on my little PC desk top 6” jointer. Well I needed a new excuse to buy a new one which I will hopefully soon.
Nothing I could sell commercially, but I like the way it turned out.