First crack at "the wood" in over 10 years: Small Window Table

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Project by Aaron posted 09-13-2013 05:09 PM 1187 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a several year hiatus, I have begun to construct a workshop in my unfinished basement and am getting back into fine woodworking. I am an engineer and tend over think, over analyze, and desire perfection. For this project I held all feelings back, and made something out of all of the scrap that I had floating around.

As my first quick project I wanted to make a small decorative table to go underneath an upstairs window. Goals were to have a smooth, nicely stained top and bottom with a white painted frame to match the rest of the house.

As I only had a mitre saw and cordless drill at the time, I had to be strategic in how I built and joined everything. I picked a 1×6 piece of red oak for the top and bottom shelf, and also had the lumberyard rip a 1×3 piece for additional “wings” for the top piece. The edges were “semi” pre-jointed enough for me to live with, so I used pocket hole screws, glue, and clamps to make the solid top piece. It actually turned out really nice.

Made a simple frame out of some cheap 1×2 pine, with 2×2 pine legs since I had the material on hand. Next project I definitely will stay away from pine being used for stability as it really did not do a great job. If any LJ’s out there have suggestions for affordable hardwood alternatives I would be all ears.

Sanded, sanded, sanded, then used some dark stain and 3 or 4 coats of poly on top. Painted the frame separately from the stained pieces then assembled everything with lots of pre drilled screws.

It turned out well, stable enough when leaning against the wall, and holds up a few pictures and some of my old pottery.

Hope you enjoy and if anyone has constructive comments please fire away!



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#1 posted 09-13-2013 06:25 PM

I like the table and its slim line look. You did well for what you had on hand and the tools that you have. If you’re going to paint material a good choice is poplar. Soft enough to work with but a bit harder than pine and paints much better.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 03:39 AM

Nice joinery on the table top Aaron. Cute little French bulldog you got there too. Welcome to Lumberjocks and thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 07:07 AM

Well Aaron it looks like we have missed out on many great projects over the past ten years!

Nice work!

I couldn’t see any bullfrog?

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 07:09 AM

Wait !! I think its the dog on the homepage?

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 11:52 AM

Very easy to over think or tasks. Besides making a beautiful piece, you have a reminder to not over think the task at hand.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 04:18 PM

Yes Robert, that is Einstein the French Bulldog and faithful sidekick on my profile image. He is the official tester for anything that I build with a cushion!

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 04:55 PM

Great job, and welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 05:58 PM

Cushion testing is a very exacting task. Einstein looks like he’s up to it, though. Heeheehee

-- God bless, Candy

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