|Project by Jake||posted 12-09-2013 03:08 PM||1489 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Hey all. This is my first coffee table build. I have a very modest workshop that I am slowly expanding for my own use. I am not a very experienced woodworker yet, but you guys have given me a ton of inspiration to do better so I am learning a lot and it is tons of fun. Sorry about the pic quality, my workshop doesn’t have the best lights for a photoshoot, I will try to improve on that.
About the project:
The coffee table measures roughly 20” x 32” x 16” I used 4” x 4” legs, 2”x 4” for the table top, I am fairly sure it was spruce, but might have been pine also. Hand planed and sanded to 320. Table top is fastened with pocket screws and glued (I don’t have large enough clamps to do a glue-up without screws) and after glue up, hand planed again, since I did not do such a great job with the glue up. :) I didn’t focus a whole lot on making it perfect, because firstly, I don’t have enough experience and secondly I like the rustic look.
Table top is burnt, coated with linseed oil and 4 coats of urethane lacqure, wet sanded to 1500 grit and polished with beeswax. Table top is fastened to the legs with 5×4” screws straight through the table top into each leg, the screws were then covered with a dowel.
Unfortunately I did not reach the level of gloss that I was hoping for in the end, but this was my very first time sanding after finishing…so I am new to it. So all suggestions how to get to that glossy mirror like finish would be highly appreciated.
-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.