Fireman's Coffee Table

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-25-2013 08:26 PM 1705 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build this coffee table for storing fireman’s items like hose, a hose nozzle and badges and emblems. This is for my step daughter and she will distress it and paint it. The top is an old window that is hinged to get at the items. It has to be glazed on the bottom yet. My job was just to make the table with ball bottom legs and 20” high!. The legs are glued and pocket screwed to the aprons.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 08:39 PM

Really cool Jim. A few burn marks on the sides looks to be fitting. Maybe?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 08:56 PM

Great job Jim. I like the turned legs.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 09:10 PM

Great way to preserve & display treasures Jim, you will have to post a shot after your Daughter has done here thing, she has the perfect base to work on ;)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 09:20 PM

Looks great and cool idea. If only my wife allowed coffee tables.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 09:31 PM

That is a cool way of recycling an old window. I have a few of those hanging around and I may make one using the window. Would be nice to add another picture after it is finished with all the fireman stuff in it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 09:36 PM

That is really cool. great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 09:40 PM

A lot of patience and attention went into doing all of that. That is just amazing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 10:39 PM

Looks like you did an outstanding job of completing your step daughter’s request—nice design and construction.

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

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 10:49 PM

Nice coffee/display table Jim and a great way to use an old window, great idea. Looks nice and solid and the legs look great. I hope we see some pics of when it is painted…great job Jim.

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

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#10 posted 09-25-2013 11:24 PM

Nice use of an old window frame Jim, will be great for your daughter to finish and store. Still wondering where you get the hours and the many ideas,

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 11:27 PM

Really creative and nicely done Jim.

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 11:49 PM

Very kool and creative Jim. Very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 09-26-2013 12:29 AM

Very nice, great use for an old window.

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#14 posted 09-26-2013 12:46 AM

That is an interesting piece!

I pictured Firemen sitting around it with their coffee cups & donuts in their own little spaces! LOL

Not quite what it was for… LOL

Is this just a Display case? Or, is it for real everyday tools, etc.?

... and, I don’t think they would “Break the Glass”... LOL

Quite a job!

Any chance of getting a shot with the stuff IN it? To top it off?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-26-2013 12:59 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. It was a pretty simple build. I don’t like turning pine but this is to be distressed so the open grain is not a problem. My stepdaughter’s husband is a firemen and this will be the coffee table in the downstairs den where he hangs out to watch football. She got the idea on Pinterest.

I will take a picture when she gets it completed. Variety is nice!!! I’ll try anything once.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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