|Project by treaterryan||posted 12-04-2012 01:38 PM||3279 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I continue my trend of having not made any furniture for myself, with this beautiful oak under-couch snack table made for my parents. My parents have a small living room with no real place for a endtable, so this will have to suffice to hold their drinks and snacks while they watch the Steelers.
The whole table is made from a 4’ 1×12 piece of Red Oak from the Home Depot. There was some scrap left over, but I wanted to maximize the use of the wood, so I actually drew out a cut list, which was real helpful. I used a wide piece as to minimize the time spent on glue ups for the top and bottom. Most of the screws used to hold this thing together were hidden on the bottom, or under the table top. I could not think of an ingenious way to hide the screws to hold the table top down, so they are exposed. The screws to hold the 45 degree pieces to the sides are hidden with plugs, as you can see in the picture. The top of this table is 23.5” high, which seemed to be the best height for their couch. I used my recently refurbised 60 1/2 block plane to “round over” the corners of the top and bottom, which gives it a “homemade feel”. I love that block plane. The project is finished in Minwax Dark Walnut Oil Stain with 5 coats of GF Arm-R-Seal on top of that. I used 0000 steel wool between each coat to keep it nice and flat. I constructed this in one evening and finished over the course of a weekend.
They seem happy with it. The Amish furniture store wanted $90 for a very similar table. I went and checked it out and said “I can make that!”, and I made this for just under $30 plus some sweat equity.
-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA