Herringbone Coffee Table Top

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Project by BobbyTheNewbie posted 10-05-2015 03:09 PM 1207 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m getting into woodworking more, and this was one of my first “big” woodworking project that wasn’t baseboard/casing, etc. I do a lot of remodeling stuff, but not playing around with wood.

I accidentally broke the glass from my wife’s favorite coffee table and knew this is what she wanted if it ever broke. I had some 23/32 osb in the garage and some Poplar 1×2s so I got to work. Ended up making the top design out of Poplar and Red Oak and the outside border out of Aspen as I had it left over. We re-used the metal legs for now, but will change them to wood as well later.

I learned a lot on this project (I.E. to make my own wood filler when the store bought didn’t stain the same), and am super happy with it. We wanted it stout as we have young kids, and it holds my weight no problem. Finished with a Kona stain and a gloss poly. Hope y’all enjoy, and I’ll always take pointers/criticism along the way!

-- Bobby, Texas

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 03:55 PM

That’s really quite beautiful.

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 04:18 PM

Thank you sir!

-- Bobby, Texas

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 04:30 AM

Looks good brother

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 11:37 AM

Care to share your wood filler recipe? I’ve been using sawdust and glue but am still searching for better.

-- --Dale Page

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 12:02 PM

Dale, I wish it were a new revelation for experienced guys but it’s not. When I had trouble with the store bought stuff I called a carpenter friend of mine who laughed and told me to get Titebond wood glue and drop a small amount in edge of the saw dust clippings, roll it around in my fingers while adding more until it had the same texture as the store bought. I had just never thought to do that, and am sure it would’ve finished much nicer had I done that to the whole table.

-- Bobby, Texas

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