Library Table

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Project by Matt posted 06-20-2015 02:11 AM 1118 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I built to serve duty as a reading and ‘admin’ table for a bedroom in my house I like to call the library. This is the first piece of furniture I’ve made for the house my fiance and I bought in March. I wanted to build this first so we could clear up the clutter of mail, bills, and junk on our temporary kitchen table.

This top of this table is made from laminated whitewood 2×3”s and the rails and legs are 2×4”s. I used mortise and tenon joinery for the frame. The joints turned out much better than they did the first time I tried M&T joinery and the frame came out square and twist-free. I gave the legs a slight inner taper and the top edge a chamfer to lighten the look a bit. I chose to face-glue the top because I really like the heavy duty look.

The finish is three coats of amber shellac under one coat of clear lacquer. After I applied the first coat of shellac, I realized how much it brought out the plane marks on top. I flattened the top with my jack, fore, and jointer planes, but neglected to use the smoother after the No. 7. I’m fine with the look, although I will keep that finish in mind for future projects. Also, I learned I need to better sand the shellac between coats in the future.

Overall, this materials for this table came out under $100. I learned some important lessons from this build and am ready to take on the fiance’s next request, the coffee table.

Thanks for looking and comments and criticisms are welcome.

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 11:01 AM

I like this project. I agree with liking the heavy duty look. The chamfer under the top edge adds a nice touch. Also I think the color was a good choice. Simple, practical, beautiful. A winner!

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 03:31 PM

Very nice choice of lumber – great build.


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#3 posted 06-20-2015 06:31 PM

Awesome table. Nice proportions, quaint look, sturdy to last. Excellent foray into furniture.

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#4 posted 06-20-2015 07:59 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I’m planning on making a book case to match this after I make our coffee table.

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#5 posted 06-20-2015 09:37 PM

turned out really nice! great job

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#6 posted 06-05-2018 11:56 AM

You did a very nice job on this table. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-05-2018 12:06 PM

Nice design and build. Should last for a long time.

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