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Finally, a real table!

I made a coffee table as practice for this, a real one. I used these plans from Ana White and modified them to make it look a bit more refined. I also modified the benches, so that they would slide all the way in.

I made this in a corner of my basement and hung plastic furniture covers from the rafters as a dust barrier. It kinda looks like something off of Dexter….lol. I pulled this off with minimal tools and no real shop. If you're on the fence about taking on bigger projects, just go for it! If a shleb like me can do it, so can you.

Made from:
-Sitka Spruce Studwood
-3 coats of "Poplar" shaded water based polyurethane ($1 per gallon at Habitat for Humanity Restore!)
-total cost $200CAD or so

Tools Used:
-homemade table saw (in pics)
-router
-skill saw
-power drill
-jigsaw
-dowel jig
-hand plane
-miter saw

What I learned:

- studwood grade lumber is MUCH better quality than standard and only costs pennies more.
-my furniture dust cover barrier rips far too easily. I need to have thicker plastic….gonna try plastic table cloths from the dollar store.
- I should have let the lumber dry out for a month or so, it shrunk A LOT. I had to re-do parts of the top.

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VERY nicely done! Very solid and sturdy. The will last through the centuries!
 

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That table came out great. Nice work.
 

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Nice table and benches! They go nicely together. Very similar to the table I built with my daughter for their dining room.
 

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A very stylish table set and it looks so well made too. It just goes to show that you don't need a workshop or fancy tools to make nice stuff, although I doubt the plastic sheeting solution will keep you happy over the long term.
 

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Nice table and benches, congratulations on your first table. And kudos for doing it with limited tools.
Ana White's designs don't always take wood movement into account, which can lead to cracks in the tabletop. I hope that won't be the case.
 

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Great work-classic design - you can't miss with that. Perfect professional joinery - I'm happy about such projects, I can learn a lot here.
 
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