Arts & Crafts Side Table from 2x4s!

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Project by Reverse_Pivot posted 11-25-2013 06:17 PM 1245 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was from Wood Magazine, I believe, can’t remember the issue number.

I really like the design, and it gave me a chance to practice my mortise and tenon joints, which clearly need work!
Lacking and significant amount of hardwood, and the funds to purchase it, (the only places near enough to get wood are the home center, where red oak goes for almost $8/bf!) I decided to forgo the recommended oak in favor of 2×4s, and just re-saw everything down to what I needed.

I think it turned out halfway decent, except for the color. I neglected to use any kind of pre-stain conditioner, and the Minwax Kona stain I put on was horrifically blotchy! I cleaned it up as best I could, and actually got it looking OK by using their Polyshades colored poly, (Antique walnut, I think) , which evened out the color a lot, followed by clear poly. The camera actually brings out the blotches more than real life.

Not perfect, but I have to say, this was the first time I actually got M&T joinery to work, and holy smokes, I felt like some kind of weird garage superhero! Now I have to find another project to try M&T again!

-- -Tim

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 06:37 PM

You are a garage superhero! It came out great. I have always liked that taboret table design.

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

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 09:50 PM

That is very close to a Gus Stickley design (except for the under curve of the cross arms).

Looks good, but yeah, a conditioner or using an analine dye would get rid of that blotchiness.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 04:41 AM

Looks great! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of it!

By the way, a gel stain won’t blotch, and when it’s cured, you can finish with the poly no problem.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 07:21 AM

Ah, thanks! I’ve been using the stain I have because, well, not proud of it, but it’s what they had at Wal-mart! Perhaps a trip to the wood finishing aisle at HD will be less intimidating, now that I know a couple things to look for!
Kv0nT, is a specialty store like Woodcraft the only place to get analine dyes?

-- -Tim

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 05:21 PM

It came out really beautiful. Like the joints and the finish, a project to be proud of. Great job!

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 05:36 PM

Good build

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