Coffee station for the wife (my first REAL project)

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Project by JustSomeGuy83 posted 07-18-2015 07:27 PM 1067 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first true woodworking project. I’ve done little things in the past that I wouldn’t consider real projects. I made this 100% free materials: fence pickets, 2×4s, random pieces, plywood, etc. Mostly from Craigslist and neighbors getting rid of things. With it being all reclaimed material, hardly any of the wood was perfect. It took plenty of time to clean it and try to get it as square as possible. I was limited on the trim (stained dark brown) around the top because I got it put together already (‘L’ shaped long pieces that I mitered). They weren’t square themselves so the miters don’t match up perfectly. Being completely anal, this annoys the heebee-jeebies out of me but I’m trying to cope.

I had an extremely tough time doing the frame for the drawers, I still don’t particularly like the route I went but it works. I just have them sliding on wooden guides. There are also guides on the side so it doesn’t shift. I’d love to get some advice on how to do this in the future. I consider myself a relatively good problem solver but this had me scratching my head for awhile. Would one just create a rabbet on the sides? It just seems like lining everything up perfectly would be a chore.

Overall I’m pleased with it. I did have to spend some HD gift card money on paint and handles but, technically, it was free to me. I had a blast building it and even got to use my nail gun/air compressor for the first time (I freaking love that thing!). The Mrs. now has a place to store all of her coffee things that we don’t need :-)

-- -Excuse my work, it's my first day.

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 10:44 PM

I think it looks good. It can be challenging to build with good straight lumber, even harder with reclaimed bits and pieces.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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1313 posts in 2723 days

#2 posted 07-19-2015 04:33 PM

This look fine and and has a nice country charm to it

All I do is nail in 3/4” rails in the drawer cavity and dado the drawer sides – like many antique drawers
Lining up does require patience but you soon learn a few tricks the more you do
i just sand and wax the rails and dado to make it smooth
Here is one project from reclaimed wood that I did awhile ago – you can see the drawer pic

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 10:57 PM

Derrick – Thanks man!

Greg – Thank you, I was definitely going for the farmhouse feel. Your reclaimed project looks fantastic! I love the idea of not spending the money on drawer slides and I like the 3/4” rails that you do. I guess I’ll just need to submerse myself in another project and figure out how to line things up. It just seems like there are so many variables that can cause issues, it’s overwhelming. Nonetheless, thanks for the tip!

-- -Excuse my work, it's my first day.

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