Red Oak & Black Walnut coffeetable #4: almost finished for real this time

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Blog entry by woodchips posted 08-07-2007 06:49 AM 862 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well here’s the almost finished table. i was very impressed with the tung oil and that’s only one coat, so i’m really looking forward to rubbing in at least 3 more coats. anyway, i’ve begin to rethink the legs, as they don’t seem pretty enough anymore, not real sure what to do now. ah well, i’ll figure it out and ya’ll will eventually see a finished product. here’s an updated link for more pics of the table with it’s first coat of tung oil, she’s a real beauty if i’m allowed to say so myself :)

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-07-2007 01:52 PM

Isaac, I don’t think you have a problem with the legs. they look fine to me. How are you going to attach them to the top? That top looks real thick. A good job of joining.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 08-07-2007 06:00 PM

beautiful indeed

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 05:08 AM

Debbie, thanks for agreeing with me, i was beginning to wonder if perhaps i was just to proud of it or something.

Thos, after setting the top onto the legs i agree with you now. as far as attaching them goes, if you’ll look at the web album again you will see a rectangular steel frame about half way through the pics. it’s resting on the bottom of the table. well what i did was to rabbit out that shape with a router such that the frame fits flush with the bottom of the table when it is inserted into the area that i routed out. then i attached the frame to the legs with 3” x 5/16” lag screws, 2 per leg, by drilling through the frame. i used a spade bit to inset the hex bolt heads into the table so that when i set it down on top of the frame with legs all you see is legs attaching to table but you don’t see how. all in all its very sturdy but i won’t do it again. next time will be a little more traditional. thanks for the joinery comment but if you saw how i did it all you might not be so generous, but i’m learning and that’s what’s important.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 06:06 PM

does the “how” matter when the end result works?

Is it finished yet? ;) :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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