Coffee Table/Bench (First Project!)

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Project by Function posted 05-22-2013 04:21 PM 1177 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is my first real woodworking project I’ve ever completed, and I have to say, I had a blast. I drew up the design for this coffee table at the request of my girlfriend and promised her I could have it done by valentine’s day. It took many, many weekends at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild to complete, but here it is, a mere three months late, and what a journey it’s been!

The construction is entirely black walnut, with mortise and tenon joinery holding the legs and skirts together. The table tops are screwed on. I hated to use metal in my very first woodworking project but it just seemed like the easiest and best solution by far. The top is finished with 5 coats of polyurethane, brushed on with a foam brush. Two coats on the rest of the table.

On the bottom of the table, I burned in an image of a Queen playing card as a special note to the project commissioner, my girlfriend. Because she’s my Queen :) This was also my first real experience with pyrography, which was a blast.

If you have any questions at all just ask! Hope you enjoy, I’m really proud of how it turned out.

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 04:58 PM

Very nice work. I love working with walnut. Thats a beautiful piece.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 05:10 PM

Well and good then. Your first piece is something that you can be proud of. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 05:47 PM

Nice work… Will no doubt be enjoyed for a lifetime + Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 06:22 PM

Some nice looking wood and a pleasing design. In image No. 5 it seems like you kind of quit on some of your finishing work. You might want to go back and take care of those runs and sanding marks – or they will bug you in future years. Been there, done that.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 07:13 PM

Looks great. Nice job!
It was worth the time and effort involved.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 12:26 AM

Welcome to LJ. Great job on the table.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 02:04 AM

You did a great job of popping the wood grain. Nice finish work!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 02:46 AM

Waaaaay better than my first project…or my current projects for that matter LOL.
Nice work!

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 02:00 PM

Very nice!! Great job. Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for posting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 02:25 PM

nice job

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 06:24 PM

Good looking and sturdy table! Love the walnut and finish. The queen design makes a great accent. Well done!

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