Sofa Table - Black Iron and Wood

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Project by danielhoer posted 06-10-2017 04:40 PM 1482 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first piece of ‘furniture’ aside from a REALLY horrible pallet table I made last year that was the impetus for initially learning about woodwork (it was so bad I thought to myself – I literally need to read a textbook about how this should have been done).

This sofa table here is about as simple as woodworking gets, but I am proud of it because right now it is still hard for me to make even the most basic project straight/true/plum/square/etc..

The wood is cheap douglas fir stained with an oil-based Miniwax Jacobean and finished with 3 or 4 coats of oil based poly painted on, with light 220 grit sanding in between coats. I learned a LOT from the finishing process – how to make mistakes and fix mistakes… I won’t bore everyone with the details but it took me like a full week of daily revisits to get it to the point I was happy (to be done) with it.

Unfortunately I didn’t realize that the threads on the black pipe and flanges would not result in a straight 90 degree bar so if you look closely the black legs are not (__? not plumb?) they are not exactly vertical – that would be plumb I believe. Kind of a strange word if you’ve never used it to describe a non-fruit. I’m not totally sure what more I could have done about those except maybe dry-build the entire thing at the store and use a level from aisle 20 to check it. When I screwed the flanges to the threaded pipes in the store and laid them all out upright they looked straight, then at home during the build they revealed their true nature.. Oh well, it’s super functional and we are getting good use out of it. It feels good to be able to make something specific to the dimensions I want. At the time I made this I only had a 18v drill and a chop saw, so based on my skill level this was about my only option as far as joinery.. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 05:15 PM

I like it.

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 05:19 PM

I love it!

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 03:04 AM

Great finish, meets your requirements. Sounds like a successful project!

-- Tighten it until it breaks, then back off a quarter turn!

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 09:39 PM

It’s very creative and beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 01:29 AM

Thanks everyone for the encouragement :)

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 10:34 AM

Well done! Now you have a great reason to buy more tools ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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