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Coffee Table

  • January 9, 2017

HAA0816
HAA0816
HAA0816
HAA0816

I knew what I wanted for a coffee table, I just didn't know exactly how to do it. I found plans on anawhite.com and spent a day with my dad. He took me to the hardware store and then his workshop and taught me the tricks of the trade. From picking out the wood, adjusting plans, cutting the wood and drilling pocket holes.

I learned that wood doesn’t actually measure out to be what it says it is. Measure twice and cut once. Use clamps to your benefit, they make wood working much easier. Glue and screws make for a strong connection. After a fun day of woodworking I was on my way home with a table that just needed some stain and hardware. It was the perfect addition to our living room.

My in-laws joked about us making one for their living room. We realized it would be the perfect holiday gift and secretly went to work. I brought my husband to the hardware store and taught him the same tricks of the trade that my dad had taught me. Together we figured everything out and built a beautiful piece of furniture as well as gained a few more tools to add to our collection. After a few stripped screws, we realized that an impact driver would be more useful to use for this project than just a drill.

On Christmas morning we waited until all the gifts were opened and then brought in one last gift, the table. Topped with a big red bow and an album of our wedding pictures. The waterworks started to flow and my mother in law could not stop smiling about the fact that we actually built her a table. A table that she will cherish because we took the time to make it for her and used knowledge we learned from relatives to make it happen. She now insists we wood-burn our names and year into the bottom as it will now become a family heirloom.

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  • What a great gift! I'm sure it will be cherished for years to come :)
    By Smashingdiy, on January 9, 2017

  • Beautiful work! You're off to a great start in your DIY journey! Hope to see more from you in the coming months.
    By RYOBI Nation, on January 9, 2017

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Coffee Table

by HAA0816
Jan 09, 2017

I knew what I wanted for a coffee table, I just didn't know exactly how to do it. I found plans on anawhite.com and spent a day with my dad. He took me to the hardware store and then his workshop and taught me the tricks of the trade. From picking out the wood, adjusting plans, cutting the wood and drilling pocket holes. I learned that wood doesn’t actually measure out to be what it says it is. Measure twice and cut once. Use clamps to your benefit, they make wood working much easier. Glue and screws make for a strong connection. After a fun day of woodworking I was on my way home with a table that just needed some stain and hardware. It was the perfect addition to our living room. My in-laws joked about us making one for their living room. We realized it would be the perfect holiday gift and secretly went to work. I brought my husband to the hardware store and taught him the same tricks of the trade that my dad had taught me. Together we figured everything out and built a beautiful piece of furniture as well as gained a few more tools to add to our collection. After a few stripped screws, we realized that an impact driver would be more useful to use for this project than just a drill. On Christmas morning we waited until all the gifts were opened and then brought in one last gift, the table. Topped with a big red bow and an album of our wedding pictures. The waterworks started to flow and my mother in law could not stop smiling about the fact that we actually built her a table. A table that she will cherish because we took the time to make it for her and used knowledge we learned from relatives to make it happen. She now insists we wood-burn our names and year into the bottom as it will now become a family heirloom.