Neat idea for a coffee table

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Project by OldWrangler posted 08-11-2014 11:19 PM 2263 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the latest….pictures are not the best except the one outside in sun. Coffee table is 40” x 22” and of course, it is all Monte’s BKP. Love working with that stuff, got more coming. I may have to get a truck, go up there and load up.
Anyhow, it is a chevron pattern, glued to a piece if 3/4” plywood. Top is edged with a strip of Aromatic Cedar as a contrast. Would have preferred some bark edge but don’t have any. The top is hinged with a piano hinge that can’t be seen unless you get below the table.
Under the top is a box about 16” x 16” with a latching lid. Inside is padded with egg-crate foam so a pistol can be kept there for whatever reason. Mine is for protection of my family. The top has slow-descending lifts that keep the top from slamming down (the kind we use on toy boxes to protect little fingers).
Finish is 2 coats of shellac, sanded out with 600 followed by 10 wipe on coats of poly thinned about 3-2 with paint thinner. It is regular poly as you can tell from the amber coloring. Each coat is sanded with 1000 and dust wiped off before next coat. Top is smooth as glass, it has dried for 4 days and tonite I will wax it with carnuba and electrically buff it with the car buffer.
I already have 2 people who want to buy it but I’m not gonna let it go cheap since I built it for me. But if I sell it, the next one will be better. Does $450 sound like might be in the right price vicinity? And it was fun to build.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 11:58 PM

Cool and useful design. And you did Monte’s BKP proud!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 01:16 AM

How thick are the pieces of pine you’ve mounted on the plywood?

If it’s a veneer, even a “thick” (1/8”) veneer, it should be alright but if you left it too thick you’ll probably see wood movement which may be a problem.

Good Luck!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 01:31 AM

that sure is some beautiful wood, glad you had fun with it, sounds like you need to buy a whole log from monte, float it down the ole mississippi…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 02:32 AM

BKP boards are 3/4” and since the coffee table will be kept indoors, I don’t expect any movement. I built 2 tables like this for my daughters patio next to her pool. They have sat in the sun, been wet from splashing in the pool and had more than one beer spilled on them. Construction was the same and these table have survived the last 4 months with no sign of any problem. I appreciate your concern but I think this system will work OK.

Bob, You may be on to something about floating a log down the Mississippi but I am afraid my Tom Sawyer days are over. Guess I’ll just keep paying more to ship than the cost of the wood. It is ridiculous but that is how it is. Hope you have been feeling good and been able to get in the shop to work. Take care.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 02:46 AM

Beautiful job sir. Impressive

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 12:57 PM

This came out really nice. Love the lid design.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 01:46 PM

A beautiful piece.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 02:38 PM

Very creative and different. Nice job.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 04:13 PM

very nice

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 06:23 PM

Great job, I keep telling myself I’m going to make one of these too.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 07:44 PM

Great looking table and nicely built.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 11-21-2014 01:20 AM

Great design,and build – love the wood.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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