Couch/Side Table

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 01-04-2011 01:32 PM 7409 views 24 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s hard to get in the shop with a 4 yr old boy running-around, and my list of to-do projects continues to grow. Most of them are larger detailed projects I just don’t have the time or space to do right now (especially since many of my larger tools are in a freezing-cold garage in Ohio).

Fortunately, I saw a small project another user posted that I both needed and could be done on a couple warm days in December:

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My recliner sits next to a wall with no easy way to reach the end table without getting-out of my chair. I needed some place to put a laptop and a beverage. This provided a perfect way to use a small amount of space.

I modified the original somewhat by adding more bracing and including a magazine rack. The braces are all attached with biscuits and the bottom and top pieces attached with pocket screws hidden underneath the bottom and the table top. The top is attached with 4 screws in oversized holes to allow for wood movement.

The entire piece is solid oak and oak dowels. The top is 2 pieces edge glues together. The finish is a base coat of colonial maple and a top coat of golden oak to match the existing furniture. Three coats of oil-based poly and a paste wax rubdown and it’s done.

If you are interested, I have the SkethcUp projects and material list at the following location:!Ak3MNCPBmYglgWGbq9yQ1CjTEgTF

Thanks for looking!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 02:53 PM

Great job!! Nice design, looks very useful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 03:14 PM

Nice idea. Quality work. I might have to do something like this.
I’ve been thinking about making something to put the laptop on also.
I’ll never be able to go back to a desktop computer after being able to lounge on the couch or my chair with my dog next to me, mess around on the computer and watch tv all without having to move.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:40 PM

I really like the design as well. The wide wanted a floating shelf next to the bed because there isnt a ton of room but i think something like this would be much nicer … i may just have to give one of these a shot.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 06:06 PM

Really nice idea; I will echo the others to say I could really use something like this, too.

Excellent job!

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 06:37 PM

Great idea Greg, turned out really nice and thank you for the hyperlink with details.

-- Tom

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 08:42 PM

Nice table. Very practical.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 08:50 PM

Totally sweet utility table! I really like your joinery and the rounded edges. I may need to make this one for the wife.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.
Sketchup download forthcoming.

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 04:08 AM

Dang, that is sweeet!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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