Small Coffee Table

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Project by Don Johnson posted 11-06-2012 11:48 AM 1386 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the small coffee table I mentioned in my last rotating bookcase project.

Made from some of the oak left over from the bookcase and veneered MDF used previously for bookshelves – not much left now so any more projects will have to be quite small!

I used iron-on oak veneer for the table top edges, which went on very easily, but I found the trimming process quite difficult. I had watched and thought that the razor blade in a scrap of wood version of a trimmer looked good, and cheap! The chap demonstrating its use whizzed along each edge – apparently without looking at grain directions – with careless abandon so I thought that it would be as easy for me. Wrong! Admittedly I couldn’t get hold of a stiff-backed razor blade so tried to use a double-sided version, and then a scalpel blade, but perhaps because they were thinner and too flexible, couldn’t get a clean trim. The cut tended to drift over beyond the edge, so I’d have to remove the veneer band and start again. I resorted to a craft knife and sandpaper to get the job done, but I’ll try to get a hard-backed blade when I have any more to do.

Just the reindeer to do now for the Christmas fair – which I’ll start after I’ve produced and put up the posters and signs to advertise the event:

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 11:57 AM

Don, that’s a nice straightforward coffee table, the kind I remember so well.
The Christmas Market at the village hall is very tempting, especially if the ladies are bringing baked items to sell. Oh for a Cornish Pasty, S&K Pie/Pud, fruit bread….mmmmm you lucky people.
Let me wish you and your family in the “old country”, a Joyous Christmas and a Splendid and Happy New Year.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 12:02 AM

Nice little table Don .
Simple and elegant design,Scandinavian .
As to trimming veneer edge I have started using a olfa hook blade designed for cutting asphalt shingles ,works quite well and is made in L and H size .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 03:14 PM

Roger, the ladies will be bringing cakes for sale and to eat in the refreshments area, but no ‘steak and kiddeley’ pud I’m sorry to say. (Reminds me of the old joke about explorers in the jungle enjoying ‘snake and pygmy’ pudding but the preparation being hampered by the pygmy eating the chips – terribly politically incorrect nowadays I guess)

I did once try to send you some clotted cream, but I don’t think it made it through US customs.

Thanks for your seasonal good wishes, which I send back to you in the same spirit.

The reindeer I mentioned have been completed – see

Kiefer – thanks for the kind comments and the knife tip. I have been fairly active recently myself, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to match your own productivity as demonstrated on these Project pages.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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