|Project by bryson||posted 01-23-2013 10:48 AM||24901 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This is actually the first piece of furniture that I’ve built, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
This table came to be because of a Christmas gift that I helped my friend build for his wife. She wasn’t happy with their current coffee table, so we split a bourbon barrel and made a pretty cool base, then talked to a friend of ours to see what kind of wood we could get for the top at a good price. As it turned out, he had several slabs of pine that he had just gotten milled, so he was able to give us one for a good price (he doesn’t do a lot out of pine). We bought a 10’ long piece, so I figured I would make myself a coffee table out of the other half.
This was a learning experience for sure—I ended up really enjoying helping him build his, so I bought a handful of used tools and began working on one for myself. I have several years of metal fabrication under my belt, and a good bit of experience refinishing old wooden automotive interiors, so it was a lot of fun getting to do something new that drew from both experiences.
I think that the simple construction techniques made it a great first project. Keeping the live edges was a big plus—all I had to do was plane the top and bottom surface and belt sand until I had something relatively flat. Then, I just worked the base until the table top was level enough for my liking. The grooves shown on the underside of the top are used to locate the top to the base—the base has four short 1×4 posts that act kind of like biscuits, except that they are only glued into one side.
I am not really a fan of the yellow look that finished pine takes on, and am thrilled so far with the water-based finish that I applied. My preference would have been to just oil the wood, but I think that it may have even added more yellow tinge than the polycrylic.
Anyway, I’m happy with my first project and can’t wait to post up a few more! This site is amazing, and looking through all of the projects really gets me amped up to work on more stuff! I’m almost done with a TV stand too, so I should be posting up my second project in a week or so.