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Herringbone Coffee Table

  • June 17, 2018

timmay1
timmay1
timmay1
timmay1

Constructed completely from reclaimed pallet wood. Mostly poplar with some pine. Aprons and rails feature mortise and tenon joinery where they intersect with the legs. The table top is poplar cut into 2" x 4" tiles, (84 give or take), and glued to 1/2" thick plywood, in a herringbone pattern. All bare wood sanded to 220 grit, before applying finish.
Finish is Minwax Jacobean stain, followed by up to three coats of polyurethane. First I applied the stain, lightly sanded with 320 grit paper, applied first coat of poly, sanded again with 400 grit, applied second coat of poly. On the table top, I sanded again with 400 grit, applied coat of poly, then wet sanded with 400 grit, and wet sand again with 1000 grit paper. Applied third and final coat of poly to table top.

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  • Thanks for your thorough details! What was the toughest part of this piece?
    By RYOBI NATION, on June 19, 2018
    • Using the router and sled combination to flatten all the pieces to the same height, was probably the most difficult task of the project. 

      By timmay1, on June 19, 2018
    • Well your hard work paid off!
      By RYOBI NATION, on June 20, 2018

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Herringbone Coffee Table

by timmay1
Jun 17, 2018
Medium 0704c0db df78 4683 81d4 517b853f6284

Constructed completely from reclaimed pallet wood. Mostly poplar with some pine. Aprons and rails feature mortise and tenon joinery where they intersect with the legs. The table top is poplar cut into 2" x 4" tiles, (84 give or take), and glued to 1/2" thick plywood, in a herringbone pattern. All bare wood sanded to 220 grit, before applying finish. Finish is Minwax Jacobean stain, followed by up to three coats of polyurethane. First I applied the stain, lightly sanded with 320 grit paper, applied first coat of poly, sanded again with 400 grit, applied second coat of poly. On the table top, I sanded again with 400 grit, applied coat of poly, then wet sanded with 400 grit, and wet sand again with 1000 grit paper. Applied third and final coat of poly to table top.