First Coffee Table (japanese inspired)

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Project by Matt Hegedus posted 03-25-2016 04:22 PM 1678 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Jocks,

I’m a new woodworker. This is my first ever coffee table build. Built out of box store pine. The legs are laminated 2×4s, finish on top is pre-conditioner, then apple cider vinegar + steel wool coat (see underside of table) then Provincial stain and one coat of Poly. Legs are white primer.

I loved doing the joinery and getting it perfect. I also had a slight warp to the table top after sitting in my shop for 2 weeks, so I planed it down then tried to level it out using the moisture from the finishes (It worked).

I allowed for expansion of top by doweling the top into the legs only. They will be able to slide along apron pieces.

The thing I’m not happy with is cutting off my dowels, guess I need practice. I used a flush cut dozuki to get them close, then pared them off with a 9mm #2 swiss gouge. Kinda butchered my finish on a few of them, which I already had applied.

Also I don’t like the splotchy parts on the top (the darker parts). Nobody really notices it but I do. Thought the conditioner was supposed to prevent that.

Anyway thanks for looking. I will continue building because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.


-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 03-25-2016 04:47 PM

Nice design. I like the contrast between the rustic top and clean white base.

Welcome to LJs

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 05:22 PM

That’s a nice table and a good looking design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 05:28 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks Jim
That is a nice table design and you did well building it .
As to the dowel problem you could take a Forestner bit and drill a shallow hole and glue in a matching face grain plug round or square if you chisel it out possibly using a contrasting wood .
The finish on the top you could likely fix with sanding sealer to get rid of the dull spots I would sand the whole top and then go from there .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 06:24 PM

Hello And welcome

Very nice project

The contrast is very nice
I like it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Matt Hegedus

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 08:33 PM

Thank you guys!

Klaus, I may do that! Great ideas.

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#6 posted 03-26-2016 05:58 AM

That is really cool. Great job. Welcome to LJs

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#7 posted 11-28-2016 05:09 AM

I think the forum ate your pictures.

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