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wscnmsu

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11-29-2016 11:04 PM

Hi,

I don’t have a ton of woodworking projects, I’ve built some decorative ladders, boxes, end tables, but all of pretty simple design. My wife sends me the picture below and loves this coffee table. The price is almost $700, I’m thinking I can build it way cheaper…the problem is I don’t know if I have the skill to build it nor do I have any plans….thoughts?


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onoitsmatt

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 11:23 PM

Looks like it is made from construction lumber, so shouldn’t be expensive to make a lot of mistakes. Make a circle-cutting jig and go to town. Looks like a pretty straight-forward build, and if you can sell them for $700 a piece, you’ll be a rich man in no time.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 11:32 PM

I agree with onoitsmatt … looks pretty straight forward. There are eight of the “X” units … looks like a ripped 2×4s half-lapped … so there are most likely four pieces of 2×8 making up the circular base (look up wooden wheel construction) ... looks like 7 pieces of 2×6 making up the top (cut in a circle) ... just go for it!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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DirtyMike

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 11:36 PM

you sure can, the legs are actually not that bad, they are made using 45 degree half laps. a miter saw will help make those. top looks simple enough. making the bottom ring will be hardest part. making the circle for the bottom could be done with 2 layers of ply wood glued together and jig saw. Rip some thin strips for a veneer to cover the plywood edges. this is not any easy build but shouldn’t be that bad, good joinery will need to be used to prevent any movement.

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NaFianna

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 11:38 PM

Don’t worry about the skills you have now, think of the new skills you will have when its finished.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 12:45 AM

You can do it.

Write it on paper, make a sketch, write up a materials list, make a cut list and you’ll be done.

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Just ask we’ll help :)

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splatman

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 07:08 AM

Yes, you sure can!

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becikeja

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 12:28 PM

Absolutely,
Just step back and break down the construction into small pieces.
This is how I would do it.
1) Rip 2×4’s in half
2) Cut each 2×2 into 24” lengths
3) Cut a 2”x1” slot in the middle of each 2×2
4) Cut the end of each 2×2 with what appears to be a 30 degree angle (you may need to work on the exact angle) simply overlap the 2×2 creating an X, stand it up and using a level draw a line parallel to the ground.
5) Making an assumption that the circle has a 36” diameter cut 12 2X6’s at 15 degrees with the long side being 9.5”.
6) join the boards end to end. Personally I would cut a slot about 1/2 inch deep on each end and insert a spline.
7) Then place a small piece of wood in the center with a nail in it. Attach an 18” string to it with a pencil on the end. This will give you a perfect circle as a reference to cut out the base
8) then layout several boards for the table and glue them together into a panel
9) then using the same nail and string trace a circle on the table top and cut it out.
This is how I would attack it. I am sure there are other ways as well, some easier some more complex. HOpe this at least gives you the confidence to try it.
Please post pictures when finished

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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blackcherry

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#8 posted 11-30-2016 01:54 PM

Take the plunge and come out refreshed!

Router skills training, a circle jig and some lap joints and your home free, should be plenty of fun!

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LittleShaver

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 02:22 PM

Gopher it!!!
My wife’s first requested project was similar. Basic half lap joints made from construction lumber. That was 40 years ago. As my skills have improved, the complexity of her requests have increased. She still brings me pictures of things (or parts of things) from Architectural Digest for me to make.
This looks like a great starter project and the construction advice provided here will get you well along the way.

-- Sawdust Maker

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brtech

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 03:08 PM

The hardest part of this, I think, is getting a good smooth curve on the top and bottom. I would do this with a router and a long straight bit (which you can find on ebay pretty inexpensively). Rough cut it with a jigsaw, or even your tablesaw. Make a circle jig that attaches to your router. I’d probably just use a strip of 1/2” ply, screw the router to it and use a 2” straight bit. For the bottom, attach the rough cut “ring” to a piece of ply or OSB with a small 2×4 chunk in the middle to put a nail that serves as the pivot. Go slow, but you should be able to get a smooth edge. Then use a roundover bit to ease the edges.

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wscnmsu

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#11 posted 12-04-2016 08:56 PM

Thanks for all of your help! You guys are awesome! Any thought on how much it would cost?? Any other tricks I need to know?

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JackDuren

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#12 posted 12-05-2016 12:12 AM



Hi,

I don t have a ton of woodworking projects, I ve built some decorative ladders, boxes, end tables, but all of pretty simple design. My wife sends me the picture below and loves this coffee table. The price is almost $700, I m thinking I can build it way cheaper…the problem is I don t know if I have the skill to build it nor do I have any plans….thoughts?

- wscnmsu

You can build it. It’s complicated on it being a circle but is pretty basic. My daughter wanted a TV cabinet made the same way. As much as I hated building this cabinet it was nice that she was happy .It seems to be the new DIY’er furniture

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 01:20 AM

Don’t forget every woodworker’s need for a rich vocabulary of obscenities and blasphemies to ease you over the troublesome spots.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Thuzmund

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#14 posted 12-05-2016 01:42 AM



Absolutely,
Just step back and break down the construction into small pieces.

- becikeja

My thoughts exactly. This is an object made up of smaller objects. Take them one at a time and figure out how they can be put together!

In this case, the design is very clever—the only circles are the top and bottom. Those X’s are nice and flat. The toughest thing will be the circles, a jig or a jigsaw would do the trick. If you can use a table saw, that could be handy for the X’s.

You will learn a lot and people like me are happy to help with specific “walls” you may hit along the way.

-- Here to learn

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Thuzmund

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#15 posted 12-05-2016 01:52 AM

For cheap materials, try the recycled route if you know a construction guy or don’t mind dumpster diving. It will match the distressed aesthetic. Otherwise, Home Depot usually has a “cull lumber” area with 70% off short pieces. Occasionally they have 2×6 and 2×4 stock and they often have 1×1 stock. Take your time and make sure you get straight pieces if you can.

I bet you can make your own milk / chalk paint while you’re at it! Sounds like fun, I need to build this for my wife too!

-- Here to learn

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