Rustic End Table

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Project by Darrol posted 10-26-2012 03:20 PM 3537 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my first attempt at building a piece of furniture for inside the house. Growing up in the construction field I have done my share of “rough carpentry” work and wanted to try something new in my spare time. My wife found a table like this at Pottery Barn that she really wanted and I thought for the price I could try and make one myself. This was the beginning of my new hobby which has turned my garage into a shop full of sawdust. Being my first project, I made the table out of pine not only to cut down on the cost but I wasn’t sure on how many mistakes I was going to make. I used a dado to join the 2×6’s as well as the 2×4’s along the edge. I also used Kreg pocket hole screws to attach the legs,supports and top. It turned out pretty good and she was very pleased with the final result. On to my next one!

Thanks for looking.

-- Darrol - Kingwood, TX

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 04:31 PM

Great first project! Now some through tennons! LOL! Mistakes are knowledge! Check out Charles Neil’s homepage on the webb. He’s planning some projects that might be where you want to go.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 04:44 PM

Good job. That’s where it usually starts.

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 05:08 PM

Very nice one!

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 11:24 PM

great looking end table.welcome to lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 11:37 PM

Looks very sturdy.

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 12:40 AM

very nice!

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 08:59 PM

looks great—what did you do for staining/top coat?

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 02:00 PM

@Jedt – I used Mixwax Wood Finish stain. I’m not sure what shade tho, either ebony or dark walnut. I did two coats of the stain and then several coats (4 I think) of the Fast Drying Mixwax poly. I used the satin sheen, to give it that matte finish, in the aerosol can which made it real easy to apply. I’ll double check the stain color and get back to you. Thanks for looking.

-- Darrol - Kingwood, TX

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 03:32 PM

Interesting – yeah, I’m looking into how to not make 2×4 pine furniture look like crap (cause 2×4s are cheap..) and I’m a fan of the rustic, blotchily-unevenly absorbed stain look.

I forget where it was, but there was a video on youtube of this woman making unevenly stained boards for a table top. She was using Minwax ebony stain – on one board, she first brushed it lightly with water, and then put on the stain, which resulted in an overall lighter stain, though the imperfections like knots still held a lot of darkness.

You think it looked any better before the poly? I figured you mostly wanted to protect the soft wood.

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 04:03 PM

To reduce blotching you can use a stain pre conditioner which is shellac mixed w/ alcohol. Charles neil sells a better product and has demonstrated its effectiveness. Can see it on his website, as well as wood whisperer.

Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 11-07-2012 02:10 AM

Very nice project. i like the dados and look forward to your next one. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 06-26-2013 11:45 AM

Nice job.That is a beautiful end table.End tables can enhance the look of any room in your house.When you are looking for the right end tables for your living room, your selection is endless. If you require storage space as well as surface area you can avail of an end table that has drawers.

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