2 x 4 side table

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Project by oldguy2 posted 08-03-2017 06:09 PM 1505 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day I will learn enough skills to video making a project. This is from one 2×4 x8 ft. Cut into 16 inch lengths it makes the resawing safer. Resaw each of the 6 pieces in half to get 12, 3/4 by 3.5 in by 16 pieces. Choose the best 5 for the table top. 4 will make the vertical legs 2 will make the horizontal braces that are 3/4 lower than the top of the legs. Resaw 1 in half to make the narrow cross piece. So the table top uses 5 pieces and the leg set uses 7.
The cross pieces can be doweled or biscuits or pocket screws. I like biscuits for the quick alignment. Carefully glue this top to control warp, I had some problem with this. I had planned to do the stain on the top with the rounded edges for a nice effect but the black paint ( primer and 3 coats ) does look nice. This stain is minwax mix of chestnut and american and it darkened nicely. The table top has 3 coats of spray poly on it. Yes there is a larger version in my projects but I wanted to see if I could make one from a 2×4 and I am pleased with the overall size. Big enough for snacks, or picnic or a tailgate chair, or a grandchild.

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#1 posted 08-03-2017 06:18 PM

Nice design. I missed your earlier version – had to look at that one as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 01:21 PM

You did a really nice job on this table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 08-05-2017 12:52 PM

Nice design. Might build a couple of these myself. Do you think adding battens to the top would help with the warping?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 12:59 PM

Warping, I wanted the rounded look on the 2×4 so it made the edge small. On another I would joint that edge and maybe before glue up round over or chamfer just those inside edges for effect. I had no warp on any of the larger 24 inch tables I made in the project list but that was all 3/4 edges gluing together. I should have used cauls in the glue up.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 08-05-2017 01:23 PM

Thanks. I’m all hand-tools, so I’ll probably just plane the edges enough that I can get a nice square joint. I also like the idea of doing it from a single 2×4 to match my five-board bench, which is one 2×4 and one 2×12.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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