|Project by barringerfurniture||posted 03-24-2014 11:46 AM||2254 views||13 times favorited||20 comments|
Hey everybody. I just finished this table yesterday (still needs wax actually). It’s basically the same as my other two-drawer coffee table posted here with some improvements in a few places that have bothered me about the first one.
Most are just subtle detail changes on the outside that make it consistent with my hall table and end table that I also offer in this style; 3 dowels on the BB ends instead of 5, dowels in the legs for the mortise/tenons now run through the rails of the face frame instead of stiles (The placement matches the other two tables mentioned now). The ornate side aprons on the first table are gone, replaced with straight ones. It has my clear Douglas Fir drawer interiors which I plan to use consistently from now on. And the drawer dovetail layout matches those other two tables now.
I think I did a better job here of grain/color matching than on that first table which has a lot of sapwood in bad places (I just didn’t know to pay attention to that then). Also, I was careful this time to cut the drawer fronts a face frame parts from the same board and orient them so the grain runs through the entire front continuously, with the exception of the stiles.
Top was planed by hand to 3/4”. Finish is 3 coats of Watco Natural Danish oil and I’ll put a few coats of paste wax on tomorrow.
This build went very smooth and was quite enjoyable – very happy with it. I think it’s partly due to me having to do carpenter remodel work presently, to make ends meet. It’s allowed me some distance from the project with only a few solid, long days on it. The rest has been a couple hours here and there.
I love the DF drawer interiors but it’s a continual challenge to dovetail or plane it cleanly. Gotta keep everything real sharp and still get a lot of tearout. My BB ends are getting better I think but still very labor intensive for me. Gonna offer them as optional on all my tables. Some folks don’t like them anyway and it provides an economical option, leaving them off.
Thanks for looking!
-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA barringerfinefurniture.com