Kid's Side Table

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Project by porge posted 06-25-2008 04:15 PM 1260 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small table for my 8 year old boy’s room is my anti-Ikea statement. We wanted to see if we could spend less than $40 on it, we came pretty close. This is built from solid poplar, machined from rough stock The top is 16” square. As it’s so small, I went with pocket hole joinery, although this project did whet my appetite for more traditional joinery in the future. My boy’s room has a Pirate theme, but we avoid black as a distinguishing color, hence the bright color. The paint is just semi-gloss enamel, next time I paint a small project, I think I’ll try milk paint. This was completed over two saturdays, with several evenings adding coats of paint. Both wife and chid are well pleased, and when they show it off they say “daddy built that” rather than “daddy assembled that”.

-- George, Utah

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 04:51 PM

Nice job. Nothing like satisfied customers!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 05:01 PM

Nice. It is always more satisfing to make something than to go out and buy it, well almost always. Nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 05:17 PM

“Daddy built that” – yeah, that’s what we’re talkin’ about here! You just made my day, thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 05:31 PM

so…the original was $40…but the final is PRICELESS…daddy built that is cool thing to hear!!! nice job!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 11:09 PM

Nice!! Thanks for sharing

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#6 posted 06-26-2008 08:35 PM

Very nice.

We should do more anti-ikea statements!

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#7 posted 06-27-2008 01:27 PM

Great looking table. Looks well constructed.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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