|Project by BalloonGuy||posted 03-29-2013 03:47 AM||1194 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a pair of tables I built last February, as a first project. The style was borrowed a bit from a pair of sofa tables we had, and some of the construction techniques as well. Not being practiced at mortise and tenon joinery, and seeing how the originals had been put together with pocket screws and MDF covered in veneer, I figured if the furniture store could charge money for it, it was good enough for me to try.
The tables each have 12” square slate-look tiles inset. I liked the durability, and didn’t want to worry about coasters. Legs and rails are red oak, and the shelf and top are MDF core with quartersawn red oak veneer.
The second photo shows the uncovered shelf and table frame. The third photo is one of the corner blocks showing the pocket screws. I built a jig to hold the leg, rails and corner block in alignment to keep it all squared up while driving the screws.
Next photo is the table top. Three-quarter inch MDF with a 1/4” recess carved into it for the tile. Next time, I’ll just cut a hole in a 1/4” MDF and laminate it. Too much sawdust doing it this way. Eventually, I put the router aside and just got out the gouges and carved it to depth. It was more fun that way too.
Next photo is the element I really liked. While I could have done the top and shelf out of plywood, I wanted to play with the grain orientation, and to make the top look like a mitered job. The shelf was patterned after those sofa tables, with the veneers set in a diamond pattern. After finishing, the grain really shines and changes as you move around it – like a tiger’s eye gem.
I’m self-taught, and am grateful for all the LJs who share their knowledge and their projects here. I’m also grateful to my grandfather who passed on some of his tools and a little bit of his love of wood to me. He’s been gone 18 years, but he’s with me every day in the shop.
-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE