Fishy Coffee Table

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 02-10-2013 01:43 AM 1529 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this per request of a lady photographer. She sent me pics of a coffee table in her doctor’s office and said “He won’t give it to me. Can you make one for me?”

So I did. It was supposed to be rustic looking and I made it to her specs of:
1) About 4 feet long
2) About 2 feet wide
3) About 2 feet tall
4) To be used in her fishing cabin on the lake
5) She wanted dark brown
6) Add a lower shelf (original table didn’t have a shelf)

We agreed on 2×4 type construction with planks to resemble a pier/dock.

This is the result. I made the frame rails and legs out of regular #2 yellow pine 2×4’s. The top and bottom planks are #2 white pine.

Everything has been ripped, milled, jointed, and routed to some extent. The legs are two pieces that were glued together then jointed and planed to 3 inches square. Then I ripped a 45 deg chamfer on all four corners of each one.

I routed the bottom edges of the frame members with a 3/8 round over just to give the impression of a board from the lumber yard.

The fish design is the best I could come up with by looking at her picture and laying it out on kraft paper. It took my whole kitchen table! :-) Yep, my wife helped.

Part of the head and the tails stick out over the frame so I glued three pieces together for the head and two for the tails before cutting the pattern.

Finishing – UGH. I stained the frame and the bottom shelf boards, and the bottom of the top boards before assembly. Everything is screwed together. After cutting out the top, I sanded the edges with a belt sander and then ran the router around the boards. Stain was next for the top and edges.

The Stain is Rustoelum “KONA”. The finish is multiple coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish – Satin. After several coats had dried, I sanded lightly with 400 grit and then applied 5 more light coats – all sprayed with a HVLP gun.

Hope you like it. She has already seen it under construction and loves it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 02:19 AM

Very nice and perfect for a fishing cabin. Your stain worked suprisingly well and the finish looks great.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 03:28 AM

great table i’m sure she’ll love it.
i tried the kona stain once and it turned out alot darker than yours turned out a more chocolate on an end table i made.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 02:19 PM

Love this wonderful table, has a great shape and finish. Looks very sturdy, well built and has rustic charm.

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 05:18 PM

Thanks. The lady came by yesterday and picked up the table. She loves it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 07:18 PM

Beautiful, but doesn’t also look like an electric guitar’s body without the neck?
Love it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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