End Table/Charging Station

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Project by Bob Areddy posted 01-24-2014 06:06 PM 8985 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building a matching end table to my coffee table project (located here

We were also in need of a charging station for the ridiculous amount of gadgets that constantly need juice, so I decided to combine the two.

The original coffee table incorporated a lift out center tile section, and I changed the color and style of the tile while I was at it… looks like a new coffee table now too!

The end table is wide enough to incorporate a laptop, had movable shelving, and space where cords can go. Under the bottom shelf hides a power strip, and connected to that I have a USB power station, 16 battery recharger, and my two laptop chargers… everything fits!

I changed the walnut strip in the top with zebra wood. I didn’t realize how much walnut fades over time, and now you can barely notice it in the coffee table… might be time to refinish the top, not to mention the yellowing the lacquer has gone through.

The top is made of 1/2”MDF that has a strip of mahogany and zebra wood glued to it, then the whole thing is bordered with maple. I drilled a hole in the MDF so I can poke my finger through it to pop the tile out for cleaning or replacing. The frame is ash legs, mahogany stretchers, and ash thinga-ma-bobs on the side (the mission style part). The shelves are mahogny. It’s finished with brush gloss lacquer on the top, and I sprayed the frame with a satin rattle can. I had never brushed lacquer before, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s a bit colder in my basement this time of year or what, but the lacquer REALLY became smooth without having to rub it out at all. Can’t see any brush strokes whatsoever.

Hope you enjoy it!

-- --Bob

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 09:44 PM

nice job

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 11:04 PM

That looks really nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 01:23 AM

Very nice Bob, you did a great job on the end table and looks like a good match to the coffee table…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 03:38 PM

Great looking end table! Like the design and finish. It’s also a charging station to boot. Nothing beats custom made. Great job!

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