|Project by Steve Erwin||posted 10-13-2012 02:43 PM||2367 views||15 times favorited||21 comments|
For my fourth furniture project ever, my sister-in-law asked if I’d make them a coffee table as a wedding present. I asked them what they wanted and they asked me to suggest something. I showed them the Stickley catalog and pointed to the Harvey Ellis Storage Coffee Table that I was planning to make for myself, someday, when I was a more skilled woodworker.
“Yeah, that looks good. Make us that!”
So, I naively thought making both tables simultaneously would save me time and effort. Turns out that only works up to the point that you start sanding and finishing. :)
180 hours later, neither table turned out perfect, but it’s okay. I’m still learning. The biggest mistake I made is not driving 20 minutes to the Stickley showroom to look at the actual table before guessing at the interior joinery. I overcomplicated the build and it caused a few small problems that only I can see.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.