Rustic Farm House Coffee Table for the #CoffeeTBO

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Project by WoodGuyScott posted 12-12-2014 07:59 PM 2036 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a fun and amazing project for the Coffee Table Build Off, hosted at the Cronkwright Shop this year. You can check out a lot of the process on the school’s Tech twitter account, @GMSTechClass

As a shop teacher, along with my gaggle of eager, first time woodworkers (middle school students), the intention of our design was to challenge the skills and talents of the students through an extra-curricular, community project. The design focuses on two things, frugality, and rugged simplicity, and is heavily inspired by the Ana White rustic X coffee table. We utilized pocket-hole joinery, a new process for the students, and a new area of curriculum for the me to teach. As you can see, we went with a fairly rustic, though not artificially weathered, country farm house table look.

We met three days a week, after school, and worked on the project. We began with milling, rough cutting, and eventually final dimensioning through mechanical means (stop blocks, straight edge guides, etc). Students learned about the idea of repeatable processes through using power tools. The vast majority of the joinery we used was pocket-hole and edge gluing.

Students did all of the work except for example cuts and demonstrations. Students learned techniques for smoothing, staining, and application of a poly-urethane top coat, all new experiences for the lot.

A great big thank you goes to Mr. Cronk for his communication, support, and inclusion of my students! Thank you to the supportive community on Twitter for your part in celebrating the work of the students as well!

Mostly, a big thanks to Derek, Paul, Alex, Brody, Tejo, Jacob, Anthony, Ben, Max, and Jon, my students, who worked with diligence and enthusiasm through this project. Skills and knowledge can be taught, but the hard work and enthusiasm my students had for this project are rare things to find in people so young.

Dimensions: Length 54”, Width 27”, Height 18″

-- --Shafe

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 10:36 PM

I love to see students learning woodworking skills. Good job Scott.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 02:20 AM

I agree with Tyvekboy. You are instilling some valuable life skills and lessons in these boys. They will be forever grateful.


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 03:47 AM

The only problem now is who gets to keep it! Great job. I remember learning these skills from my grandfather, and I never forgot those times. Not all kids have a basement full of tools at their house, so it’s great that they are getting exposure to it.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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