started as a simple coffe table,,,

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Project by maples posted 03-24-2011 06:23 PM 2014 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a simple coffee table to get rid of some wood I had in the shop before I brought in more. I had it all planned out on my head,, how many times have we said that? well I got to making it, all was going good, I attached the top to the legs,, and went to move on to the trim,, uh oh,, I screwed the top of the table through the top so now the screws are exposed, it was supposed to attached through the bottom and you never would have seen the screws on the top, it would have been clear..

I started panicking and thinking i would have to build it all over again,, I went to the house after that,,, I always find taht walking away sometimes makes it easier to think, I figured I could add some trim to cover that mistake up and that snowballed into more trim than I was expecting to do, but it all kinda flows now I think. I was intending to plug teh screw holes on the legs and such, but I went with trim over them, it is something I just thought of today upon finishing it, so I think it worked out. the squares are also covering screw holes..

originally there wasnt going to be a bottom shelf but after my mistake I am going to turn this into a side table for the office desk I need to build,, and it will hold the PC tower, router, printer, camera dock,, and underneath files and extra paper,, so It wasnt a total waste..

the dimensions of this are 36” long x 17 1/2” wide x 17” high.. it was made with oak , maple and cherry wood ,, hope you enjoy, I did,, I learn something new everyday,, have a great day, pat

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 06:29 PM

Embrace the Kreg jig. :)

I’ve run into issues like that and they always play with the mind. I think you made a nice recovery though.

Were you fearful that plugging the holes would lead to distracting features when finished? Sometimes choosing a contrasting wood species makes plugged holes an artistic add-on.

Looks like a pretty sturdy table. Nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 06:39 PM

not so much distracting from the features, but that it wouldnt flow with the new trim I had to put on, I like the idea of contrasting colors,, and using different woods,, as long as they kind of flow,, I love being able to be back in the shop, even if its for small amounts of time in one sitting,, thanks

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 07:24 PM

My Granddad always said never start a project with out a set of plans and when I asked to see the plans he said they were in his head lol You project looks good!

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 07:25 PM

Nice, I think you should just tell everyone else that it was planned like this from the beginning. It will be a LJ’s secret.

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

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 08:03 PM

I would agree with Rex. I often go with that story and stick to it… ;0)


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 11:01 PM

now thats an idea ,, and I think we can pull it off, keep it on the hush,,, cool,,——I was always told you need to have a plan, at least have one, niot saying that we will stick to it,, I always figure the worst that a reallly bad mistake would be is firewood, so its doesnt turn out to be a total loss,, hahah,, but this one was saved,,, thansk guys, pat

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 11:03 PM

I have a huge amount of respect for people that publish a rally. Good rally, brother!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 12:38 PM

covering mistakes is what woodworking is all about, very cool thinking there

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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