Poplar coffee table

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Project by sanfranciscocedarco posted 07-17-2014 03:18 AM 2293 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table out of poplar mostly because it was for a friend on a very tight budget. But he didn’t want to go to ikea and he needed a table so I told him I’d do it for him on the cheap. It’s made from 5/4 lumber and planed down to one inch. The legs are laminated from scrap leftover from the tabletop that I planed and sawed down to size. All joinery is done with a domino joiner.sealed with one coat of clear shellac, 2 coats of GF java gel, 2 coats of gel satin top coat. There was no blotching the products worked well together.Think I’ll add one more coat of topcoat.

Cheers!. Joshua

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 03:35 AM

that looks great. I have a table that looks almost identical to this one but I made it out of 2×6 pine lumber. Talk about “on the cheap”!!

How do you like using that gel top coat? I have seen it at Woodcraft and have considered using it. Most of the time I use Arm-R-Seal, but I thought the gel might be easier to apply. I like to rag on the finish if possible.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 03:46 AM

That’s funny I’m going to try the arm r seal next. The gel topcoat goes on easy but at least for me it took a little more work than all the YouTube videos I watched before purchase. I practiced on a few pieces before and the first few times left lines that I didn’t like. To me the key is to not leave too much on. Maybe somebody with more experience can chime in because I feel like it could be even better if applied a certain way.

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 10:29 PM

Now you said ‘On the cheap’. How much did this cost in comparison to the Ikea one?

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 11:31 PM

I got 100 bf of 5/4 @1.97 per bf. i haven’t measured how much I have left but the table barely put a dent in the pile. I would estimate it took somewhere in the neighborhood of 40$ of lumber, maybe less. About half a pint of stain so another 10, and less than half of topcoat pint so another 10. And considering I used dominoes for all the joining that’s only a few bucks. So maybe 60 total to build. He didn’t want to go to ikea because it’s garbage. They do not sell tables of this quality there anyway so it’s hard to compare. But I told him I’d keep it under 200$ for him and I did. Now that being said. I would probably price this table around 499$.It was a cable for a friend. A friend that’s going to be opening a golf academy soon and has promised to pay regular prices and have me build all the furniture. So everybody wins in the long run.

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#5 posted 07-19-2014 01:35 AM

Turned out nice,Very nice job.

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#6 posted 07-19-2014 01:59 AM

Thats not bad at all. 60$ for something that realistically will last him his entire life. Great job. I love it.

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#7 posted 08-01-2014 05:23 AM

This is a really nice table, well done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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