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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 01-20-2022 08:39 PM 2044 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I figured I might as well post it since I mentioned it in a previous project and also in a forum.

Thanks to the LJs in the forum, the top is not only glued, but also screwed into the base with some room for wood movement (see, I’m listening).

The base isn’t me at all. I did tighten the legs and touch up quite a few nicks with a touch up marker. But the base used to be a glass coffee table that I bought from our Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for $25. It’s actually super solid!

The top is some Ambrosia Maple that I picked up from our local Lowes.

As I mentioned, my wife is traveling (hence all the clocks I’m finishing). She absolutely hates the glass coffee table that we currently have, which I got in my divorce:

You can actually see the very first bowl I ever did on top of the glass coffee table. But, anyway, the glass table is constantly filthy in smudges and we are forever bumping our shins and knees into it. My wife is going to be stoked when she sees this new table.

You can see under the glass coffee table our Ruggable. A Ruggable is attached to the floor with velcro. It can be pulled up from the velcro and thrown in a washing machine (I highly recommend if you have animals or kids or a white rug).

The hassle? Moving the coffee table to get to the rug. I know she hates that, so I did add casters to the new coffee table. Lowes had some antique brass ones that looked pretty good:

I did counter sink the screws and filled the divots with plastic wood. Here might be my proudest moment in this project. From making the clocks with the Ambrosia Maple, I learned that with a pencil I could draw on the wood and extend patterns… that way I could make my frames on the clocks seem to flow into each other.

It made me wonder if I could hide the countersunk screws. I used a pencil, a pen, and some touch-up markers.

Here’s a before:

And here’s the after:

In my picture gallery for this table you can see three other examples of counter sunk plugs I hid with this method. Yes, I know you can see them when I point them out, but they would be hard to spot if someone wasn’t actively looking for them.

The nice thing? Even though I used a lot of my Ambrosia Maple for this table, I didn’t come close to using all of it. I would imagine I could make 10 clock faces with the cut off ends that I have left… so that’s good!

Now that the table is done, I HAVE to clean up this house! She comes home tomorrow night, and I’ve been doing some major bachelor living with two teen daughters who have been doing some major bachelorette living,

Lots to clean… which means my over-posting on the project page is done for awhile!

Thanks for looking and for helping!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"





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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#1 posted 01-20-2022 08:59 PM

I’m seeing that as I worked, I was receiving advice that I should have applied. Maybe I’ll have to repost this table in a year and see if it’s still holding up!

I made our dining room table pretty much the same way 5 years ago:

Now anyone with a lick of woodworking ability could point out all kinds of little flaws with this dining room table, but we are still eating Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners from it, and it’s holding up fine, even if imperfect.

For whatever reason, it reminded me that I did attempt some woodworking 15 years ago. I made this ridiculous chair, bought cushions for it, and insisted it be in our living room:

Could be why my first wife asked for the divorce!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 01-20-2022 10:29 PM

So, not so new as you say. That old table and yes, the chair too, look pretty good.
Question, did you glue the edges together? Was the wood so straight from Lowes that it fit tight? If you did glue the edges, how did you clamp it? You got clamps?
Pretty good job hiding those screws and blending in the edges. Good idea on using the old base. Now that 110-dollar expense looks pretty good. You’d pay more than that for a nice table like that, plus, like you say, you have a lot of leftovers for clocks.
She should love it and your effort.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Thedustydutchman

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#3 posted 01-20-2022 11:44 PM

Nice little table! I love the look of that maple. I must admit though, what really caught my eye are the floors in your house. They are absolutely beautiful!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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Eric

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#4 posted 01-21-2022 12:02 AM

Did well Van, and finished ahead of schedule.

For fillers, minwax makes a number of fillers, oil base, which can be mixed to blend in the color if the wood and stain you are working with. I have used it in the past filling after the first coat finish. It is stainable at least they say.

-- Eric, building the dream

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#5 posted 01-21-2022 01:01 AM

Hey Jerry… thanks! The floors looked even better three years back when I refinished them, but that entry way take a beating!


Nice little table! I love the look of that maple. I must admit though, what really caught my eye are the floors in your house. They are absolutely beautiful!

- Thedustydutchman


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#6 posted 01-21-2022 01:01 AM

Thanks, Eric!


Did well Van, and finished ahead of schedule.

For fillers, minwax makes a number of fillers, oil base, which can be mixed to blend in the color if the wood and stain you are working with. I have used it in the past filling after the first coat finish. It is stainable at least they say.

- Eric


Did well Van, and finished ahead of schedule.

For fillers, minwax makes a number of fillers, oil base, which can be mixed to blend in the color if the wood and stain you are working with. I have used it in the past filling after the first coat finish. It is stainable at least they say.

- Eric


Did well Van, and finished ahead of schedule.

For fillers, minwax makes a number of fillers, oil base, which can be mixed to blend in the color if the wood and stain you are working with. I have used it in the past filling after the first coat finish. It is stainable at least they say.

- Eric


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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pottz

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#7 posted 01-21-2022 01:53 AM

i gotta agree with your wife on that glass table ! yours is much better,that ambrosia maple is beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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swirt

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#8 posted 01-21-2022 01:55 AM

Nice work on retrofitting that table. Ir looks great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#9 posted 01-21-2022 02:20 AM

It is beautiful wood!


i gotta agree with your wife on that glass table ! yours is much better,that ambrosia maple is beautiful.

- pottz


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#10 posted 01-21-2022 02:21 AM

Thanks, Swirt!


Nice work on retrofitting that table. Ir looks great.

- swirt


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 02:24 AM

Yeah, way back a long time ago, I did a few woodworking projects. The edges do have some glue, but they came pretty darn straight right from Lowes. I do have some clamps… just trigger clamps or C clamps.

She flies home tomorrow night… can’t wait for her to see the table.

So, not so new as you say. That old table and yes, the chair too, look pretty good. Question, did you glue the edges together? Was the wood so straight from Lowes that it fit tight? If you did glue the edges, how did you clamp it? You got clamps? Pretty good job hiding those screws and blending in the edges. Good idea on using the old base. Now that 110-dollar expense looks pretty good. You d pay more than that for a nice table like that, plus, like you say, you have a lot of leftovers for clocks. She should love it and your effort.

- mtnwild


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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JCamp

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 11:14 AM

That looks very nice to me. I gotta side with your wife though, I hate glass tables. Even your ex wife must have not liked it. Lol. Good woodworking!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#13 posted 01-21-2022 12:35 PM

Well, my ex wife didn’t like much of anything… certainly not me! My current wife (because I collect them) will walk through the door to a very happy surprise when she sees the new table.

Thanks for looking!


That looks very nice to me. I gotta side with your wife though, I hate glass tables. Even your ex wife must have not liked it. Lol. Good woodworking!

- JCamp


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 01-21-2022 02:46 PM

I like the top – not too sure about the base

-- 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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Ocelot

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#15 posted 01-21-2022 10:31 PM

Nice table.

I hate glass tables. Can’t stand the noise – the clatter every time you put down something hard – like a coffee mug or glass or whatever.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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