Farmhouse table & benches

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Project by JakeN posted 01-10-2013 10:46 AM 2436 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first woodworking project and to say that it was a learning experience would be a gross understatement. We recently bought our first home (and adopted our first dog) and realized that our Brooklyn-apartment-sized furniture looked pretty tiny in our new place. The table and benches are made of construction grade lumber with screws and glue. The finish is minwax “Early American” with 3 layers of satin poly. The wife has since made foam cushions that run the length of each bench. The old dinner table, seen in the third photo, is now on our back porch for outdoor meals in warmer weather. Thanks for looking at my very amateurish first project!

-- "Not so deep as a well nor wide as a church door is our error."

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 01:24 PM

good first project…gotta start somewhere…welcome to LJs


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#2 posted 01-10-2013 01:33 PM

Hey, that’s a really nice build, first project or not. Actually, I’d say that it’s more professional than “amateurish”, doesn’t look like there could be any improvements made. Enjoy it, looks like the dog likes it too.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 01:38 PM

Nice table. Get your dog off the table.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 04:01 PM

Very nice work for your first project you defiantly have talent

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 04:11 PM

Well done and congrats on the new place. Cute pup as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 04:26 PM

super job, hard to believe it’s your first project.

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#7 posted 01-10-2013 05:39 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 12:20 AM

got a feeling the honey do list got a bit bigger after a fine job like that!

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 12:55 AM

Gotta have a starting point. You challenged yourself on this, The sky is the limit.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 01:01 AM

Off to a great start. Next up, the dog house.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 01-12-2013 01:01 AM

great looking table,keep up the good work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 01-12-2013 05:17 PM

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement. I have a lot to learn from everyone here! Bampy, you hit the nail on the head.

-- "Not so deep as a well nor wide as a church door is our error."

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