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This was my second project I finished in early 2012. This table came out really nice and I am proud of this piece. This is an original design I came up with taking some elements from the end table I built. I like craftsman style and the slat bottom is where the inspiration for that part of the table came from. I like to stick to clean lines, but not "too" shaker style like. This table I used all mortise and tenon joinery. The two drawers can be opened from either side. I used a sliding dovetail with walnut pins. The drawers are solid poplar.

I first had trouble with the finish. When I started with the top I had terrible blotching. I ended up having to sand the top down again. I ordered the Charles Neil wood treatment. This stuff works great! I was impressed. I put on two coats and hit it with 320 before staining with an oil-based red mahogany. I had to put on two coats of stain to reach the correct color. I then used a varnish satin finish.

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Great looking table. I actually just drew up some plans nearly identical but using walnut and maple, so I may be a bit biased to the design!
 

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Well done. I like the pinned drawers with the contrasting wood. Nice touch. As a suggestion, you may want to try putting a thin coat of shellac on the wood prior to staining. It dries quickly and you can sand to 320. Just a thought.

You should be proud of this.
 

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This is Elegant ,a unbelievable second build,beautiful .
 

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Project looks great. I like the color. Looks like the blotch control work very well.

I've been wanting to try the blotch and went to order 4 quarts but shipping to Alaska kind of kill the deal. 4 quarts cost 70.88 and UPS ground to Alaska would be 51.74 for a total of 121.62 for a gallon. Guess I need to move back the lower
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You did a great job on this project. Looking forward to some moer of your projects.
 

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Great looking table.
 

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Thanks for the comments. I will have to try that on future projects kbiniowa. I did use shellac for the drawers.
 

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I love coffee tables with the open slats on the bottom. and just this morning i was reading an article in FWW about using doweled pegs and rabbets to hold together drawers. nice job
 

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Nice table! I like the pinned half dovetail drawers.
 

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This is only your second project? Wow, you've got some major talent. This is gorgeous. I too, love the pinned drawers with contrasting wood. The hardware you used is really nice, as well. Do you have a source for the drawer pulls?
 

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Very nice! I love the details! I've been wanting to build something like that for awhile.
 

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Great looking table.Awesome job.One important piece of furniture that you need for your living room is a beautiful coffee table.The choice of coffee table can add or change the look and style of the living room in anybody's home.
 

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Would you mind if I copy some of your Ideas of your coffee table? I am only building it for myself.
 
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