Sofa Table

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Project by Kohawk posted 09-17-2020 11:21 AM 825 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My nephew has a son who built one of these sofa tables in high school shop class. I thought it was such a cool design, and wanted to give it a try. They still had the plans from a 1996 Woodsmith Magazine, so off I go. Because it was that Mission or Arts and Crafts design, I wanted to finish it with such. (Mission Finish). I chose 1/4 saw white oak, knowing the finished look I was seeking. It was my very first attempt at Mortise and Tendon Joints. Used a mortise machine that made my first attempt somewhat easier. The top is held into place with table top fastners. Finishing it was the most challenging part. I did a lot of research on the internet regarding Mission Finishes and I found the following process. This is what I went with. #1 Wiped down the project with distilled water and with fine sandpaper lightly sanded. #2 Used TransTint dye (Dark Vintage Maple) to dye the wood. #3 Sealed it with General Finish Seal-A-Cell (Clear) #4 Applied General Finish Antique Walnut Gel Stain: It was at this point that it took the look I was seeking. #5 Applied 3 Coates of General Finish Arm-R-Seal (Satin)

Now having done this once, I have a Mission End Table / Nightstand design that I’m going to try that matches the style of the sofa table.

-- Larry, Iowa

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#1 posted 09-17-2020 02:28 PM

Good looking table and fine joinery. A family heirloom for sure!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#2 posted 09-17-2020 04:07 PM

Nice period piece, looks excellent!

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#3 posted 09-17-2020 07:13 PM

Job well done, looks great

-- Eric, building the dream

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Ken Van Der Griend

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#4 posted 09-17-2020 08:36 PM

Larry – This is gorgeous! Thanks for providing the Woodsmith reference. I am going to look for the article and your finishing details. I hope you’ll share your next two pieces as well. – Ken

-- Measure twice. Buy once - Ken Van Der Griend - Oak Park Illonois - USA

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#5 posted 09-17-2020 11:38 PM

Beautiful Table love the 1/4 sawed White Oak, Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 09-18-2020 01:41 AM

Nice. I like the design and it looks like great execution and finish. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 09-19-2020 10:24 PM

Very deserving of a Daily Top 3. A rigorous finishing schedule but spot on. You should be proud.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#8 posted 09-27-2020 12:15 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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