Pine Coffee Table

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Project by Daddypig posted 09-16-2018 04:32 AM 774 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine was telling me how much he wanted a farmhouse dining table and it inspired me to make this coffee table. It took 2 days to put it together and about 3 more to do the finishing. The legs are spuce and the top is two 12” pine panels that I put together with my new General Tools dowel jig. It worked good, but the collars for the drill bit were garbage. I ended up just using tape on my drill bit for a depth gauge.

Blatantly ripped off from Ana White. Here is the dining table.

Spruce Legs
Pine Top
Puritan Pine Stain
Water Based Polyurethane

Skill Saw
Hand Miter Saw
Jig Saw
Dowel Jig

What I Learned:
Spruce does not take stain well. I worked carefully to make sure the legs had no gaps between the pieces of 2×2. Everything was flush and perfectly smooth. I wanted to hide the fact that it was made of 2×2’s, or at least make it less obvious. When I stained it, the stain seeped between the 2×2’s and highlighted the edges. It was a real bummer and not the look I wanted. It does look Farm Housey though and its growing on me. Maybe wood conditioner would have helped me.

Dowel jigs are awesome for doing edge gluing. It saved a lot of fiddling around when I glued the top together. Well worth the $50 CAD.

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 11:36 AM

looking at the finished product all I see is one really nice table

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-16-2018 06:34 PM

Nice looking table, nice design.
Try some alcohol dye on Spruce and see how that works for you.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#3 posted 09-17-2018 01:21 AM

Looks like a great table.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-17-2018 08:26 PM

Nice looking coffee table, reminds me a lot of this one!

But mine is not as detailed as yours.
I built mine for a friend of mine who wanted “Nordic” simplicity because she took it to Norway when she retired.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 02:15 PM

Great looking table.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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