|Project by maku||posted 11-06-2012 02:26 PM||5000 views||7 times favorited||15 comments|
A new colleague recently moved and asked me if I knew of any places to get inexpensive furniture. I named a few places, but suggested just making the kitchen table, that way she could get exactly what she wanted and still inexpensive. She and her husband didn’t know much about wood working…which was great, cause neither do I. :)
I walked them through the process of picking out the lumber – construction pine from the local orange big box store. Then we put this together. She wanted a farmhouse table, with some rustic looks to it, but also clean and elegant. It’s 72” x 42”. The stain is Minwax red mahogany and the finish is homemade wipe-on satin poly. It took about 4 hours to build and a few days to apply stain and several coats of poly. Total cost was $110 with taxes.
The legs are 4×4 douglas fir from the big box store…tapered on 2 sides. The apron is made of 2×4’s. There are (3) 2×4 table top supports under the tabletop as well. The frame is constructed with pocket hole screws and angle supports in each corner. The table top is 2×10’s. She didn’t want them planed flat, she wanted the small grooves for the farmhouse table look. The tabletop is constructed with biscuits for alignment, glued, and pocket hole screws for additional strength. The tabletop is attached with “z” clips in biscuit slots to allow for tabletop expansions.
This was a lot of fun. I’ve never made a table, but figured I could do it. The problems I ran into were: 1) When I made a tapering jig, my table saw couldn’t cut all the way through the 4×4 lumber. So, I ran it through anyways. I used the “grooves/cuts” the table saw made as a guide and ran my band saw in those grooves to finish the cut. It wasn’t super clean, so I cleaned those band saw cuts up on my jointer. 2) The table top cupped a little (appx 1/2”) with the extreme temperature changes in my garage…it got cold! I placed the top out in the sun for a few hours to flatten the table out before I attached it to the base. All in all, this project actually went as planned. I didn’t use any drawings or plans, just mix and match pictures my friend found on the internet of what she liked. Posted some clearer pics, including the underside construction.
Any comments, ideas, or criticism is always appreciated. My goal is to make each project I do the best of my ability at that time and to learn and grow from each one. -Maku