Red Oak Coffee Table

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Project by BTodd posted 03-20-2019 03:24 AM 1226 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ever LJ post and my first ever furniture project. This coffee table has been in the works for roughly 2-1/2 years. When I first started it, I didn’t know the first thing about woodworking. I just had a rough sketch and a desire to build something I needed. With a ton of help from my dad (he deserves at least as much credit as I do), some YouTube videos, and many hours on LJ I was able to build something I’m proud of.

The table is made completely out of red oak using biscuit joints for the table top and dowels for the aprons and legs. I finished it with Watco Danish Oil before applying several coats of Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss. Overall dimensions are 47ā€ x 27ā€ x 18ā€.

This project was a great learning experience, and I caught the woodworking bug in the process. Iā€™m looking forward to future projects and being a little more involved on LJ.

-- Brett, Georgia

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#1 posted 03-20-2019 03:44 AM

Welcome to LJ, the ultimate woodworking community on the web.

Beautiful table, and you’ve done an awesome job on your first furniture project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 03-20-2019 11:26 AM

Welcome to LJ. So you are infected with the woodworking bug? This is the right place to get treatment for it.

Good looking craftsman style coffee table. Keep up the good work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-20-2019 03:25 PM

Again, Welcome to LJ, good looking 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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#4 posted 03-20-2019 04:31 PM

Very nice!
Good job!
Keep it up!

-- Tucker - Hazelton, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 03-20-2019 06:33 PM

Very nicely crafted. I like the warmth of the red oak. Congrats on your first project post and I hope to see many more.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-22-2019 01:46 AM

My First project was a foot stool which took a few weeks to make. I actually still have it 30 some years later in my office next to me as i write. What you have made will be special to you the rest of your life. It is beautiful my friend.

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