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Project by DexterDearborn posted 06-06-2013 08:25 PM 2800 views 24 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kids broke our coffee table so I needed something heavy duty to withstand some punishment. I checked out Anna White’s website and found some plans for the rustic coffee table. I modified dimensions to suit my needs and was on my way.

Was not a big fan of how the plans instructed to put together. Joinery is very basic at best. However, this thing will take a beating so that was ok.

The drawer “hangers” are two separate pieces and wasn’t fond of that. Also, I would have made drawers deeper and come up with something on my own if doing a second one.

If you plan on building one of your own, let me know and I’‘l give you a heads up on what I found while following the plans (sort of).

Staining: I used a Rustoleum dark walnut that said i did not have to precondition the pine. I was very skeptical and for good reason. I sanded what i thought was fairly well and used this stuff because it said no conditioner needed. Next time I would definitely use it.

Will serve it’s purpose for a long time and i don;t mind if it gets some war wounds.

KCCO…............

-- Dearborn, http://lumberjocks.com/DexterDearborn





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 06-06-2013 08:29 PM

Looks like that will do the job of holding up for the kids. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 08:41 PM

Nicely done and looks great!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 10:37 PM

it turned out great,i like the stain.looks like it’ll hold up a long time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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aussiedave

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 12:09 AM

Very nice coffee table and solid looking too, should withstand the children well….

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 01:46 AM

Nice you done a great job.

-- Todd

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corsi

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 05:44 AM

So I’m thinking of making this table, but not sure of how sturdy it will be. Was wondering what you found in making this that would be benifical to others.

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 10:01 AM

Well done nice a sturdy looking….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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CampD

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 12:02 PM

Nice job.
Go Bs

-- Doug...

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DexterDearborn

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#9 posted 06-07-2013 12:10 PM

Corsi – there are 10 vertical piece to transfer load from top to floor – sturdy not an issue. Are you building from those Anna White plans? If so don’t follow the plans to a tee – not really builder friendly (Stuff from that site usually is though). I found that I had to use a lot of spacers (never mentioned) to get everything to the proper heights – no other way to do it accurately. I would look to use more pocket screws from behind pieces instead of nailing through the face as well. Again, this is no show piece. Built to take some abuse!

-- Dearborn, http://lumberjocks.com/DexterDearborn

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hoosier0311

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#10 posted 06-07-2013 01:00 PM

Awesome table!

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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kokayak

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#11 posted 06-07-2013 03:41 PM

Looks good. I’ve looked at lot of her plans which look nice and easy to bang out but I’m really concerned about the lack of consideration for wood movement. I plan on loosely following her rustif farmhouse table plans but intend to attach my top with movement in mind.

Good job!

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MrFid

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 04:28 PM

I have never made anything from Anna White’s plans, but here the joinery seems simple enough. What kind of pine did you use/ where did you get it? I find that the pine from HD or the like is generally not worth whatever pittance I spend on it.

More importantly, Go B’s tonight. Wearing my yellow and black with pride today.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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DexterDearborn

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 06:28 PM

Koyaka – LOL – I do NOT want the top to move. Beauty of it is if it does get so bad I have to replace, I just unscrew and make another one – it’s only a couple of 2×6’.

MrFid – I am basically stuck with Lowe’s and HD. Just second grade pine and off-the-shelf Spruce KD 2×6’s.

Go Bruins is right!

-- Dearborn, http://lumberjocks.com/DexterDearborn

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#14 posted 06-07-2013 08:19 PM

Great looking table. Looks like it will give you many years of service.

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Willeh

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#15 posted 06-09-2013 12:23 PM

Nice job! I like how heavy and solid it looks.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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