|Project by ferstler||posted 03-29-2013 09:26 PM||1521 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
A buddy of mine gave me a 14×18 inch piece of 0.75-inch-thick granite a while back and I decided to use it to make an end table. After a couple of weeks of intermittent cutting, experimenting, and gluing, the project is done.
The legs are held in place by Kreg pocket screws under the top section, with the upper and lower leg sections joined by 0.75 inch diameter, 3.5-inch long dowels through holes drilled in the lower shelf. The shelf was made up of several boards, joined by Kreg screws and Elmer’s carpenter glue. The top was assembled as one massive (roughly 40 pound) piece prior to final assembly, using Elmer’s for the wood and PL construction adhesive for mounting the granite. The rest of the unit was assembled using the PL stuff, because it took time to get the legs and bottom shelf mounted, not to mention the final underside boards in place once the legs were installed. PL gives you a 30-minute work window, and I needed that window.
My wife saw it and said that it looked “amazing,” which, given her standard attitude toward my various projects, I considered amazing in itself. Unfortunately, she has her own tastes when it comes to the possibility of putting it in “her” living room (the only available space, and it would have to replace an existing table), so I have taken it to a local consignment shop for them to sell. I will get 60 percent. I would prefer 100 percent, but at least will not have to deal with the hassle of selling something via craigslist or a newspaper ad.
In addition to the granite, the thing is mostly reclaimed redwood (a soft wood that make it a “not good” item for a home with rambunctious kids), with some western red cedar adjacent to the granite on the longer sides. The full top is actually 3 inches thick (several layers of wood) and the table weighs a solid 55 pounds, thanks in part to the granite. The legs are redwood, as is the lower shelf. The finish involves red-oak Minwax stain, with 3 or 4 coats of clear, semi-gloss lacquer. While the granite cost me nothing, I have about $90 worth of wood, screws, glue, and finishing chemicals in the thing, so even if it sells and I get the percentage, my 20 hours of work on the thing will mean that I worked for less than minimum wage.
Well, at least I can feel creative.