|Project by jleakey||posted 04-10-2014 07:49 PM||1075 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I have been at this woodworking thing for about 2 years now and have usually just built things found online using the cut sheets and directions found. My parents were complaining about their coffee table and how unstable it had become over the years. After looking at it I discovered it was made out of MDF with a Teak Veneer. I asked them how big of one they might want and their reply was the same size, but they wanted it out of solid Teak. I told them that it would probably be pretty pricey and asked them what they wanted it to look like. After drawing up a couple of designs on sketchup I was able to come up with a design they liked.
The approximate board feet for the project ended up being around 13.86 Board Feet. Next was finding the wood. Since all the wood I had bought in the past was from home depot or directly from Woodcraft I had no idea where to look for it. I searched the internet for Teak and it was all extremely pricy, so I found a wood with a similar characteristic to Teak known as Iroko. I was able to find it from Woodworkerssource.com and was hesitant on buying wood online unseen, but took the plunge. I bought 20 Board Feet just incase some of it was not up to par. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of wood I received and will definitely use them again.
The overall dimensions of the table is 18” tall X 24” wide X 48” long. It is joined with dowels using my doweling jig. It was extremely fun and educational to build. Don’t be too judgemental as this is my first project I designed and built on my own.