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Living Room Furniture

  • July 5, 2015


In an effort to save money, I planed down some rough cut walnut lumber and built this coffee table and sofa table. I added 3 coats of semi-gloss poly to finish it off . Wife loves it!

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  • Mr ryobi, Mr turner deserves to win the tools.
    By taz382003, on July 14, 2015

  • My girlfriend and I both love it. Can you sent me the plans?
    By Wkeysley, on August 7, 2015

  • Congratulations for a very nice design and execution! I am interested since you have grain running at 90 degrees to each other at the ends, how did you joined the end boards to the longer table boards. I build a large dining table over 35 years ago similar to one I saw at an Ethan Allen store. I used dowels to join it and it turned out better than I expected. However, after a few years it eventually split the grain as the wood expanded more in direction of the grain than it did cross grain. I'm not offering this as a criticism of your design or work just as something to watch out for and consider. I have once seen a technique for overcoming this that used a combination of special elongated doweling techniques but have been unable to find the technique since. The first time I build the top I attributed my problem to lack of sealing the underneath side of the table top adequately. The cracks would close up in the spring and summer but open up again in the late fall and winter. As the kids were small I lived with it for 30 years and after retirement I rebuilt the top with the same design but paid particular attention to sealing it well. It cracked again.
    By Junenward, on August 7, 2015

  • Thanks Junenward for that comment. I'm not sure how this well the way did well work. This wood has been sitting on slats for over 3 years in a shed. I've actually worried about it cracking. It's only been about 4 months and the weather has been quite warm and humid here. I will be interested to see what the cooler weather brings. I have the joints glued and screwed together with pocket hole screws
    By CoachT, on August 8, 2015

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Living Room Furniture

by CoachT
Jul 05, 2015

In an effort to save money, I planed down some rough cut walnut lumber and built this coffee table and sofa table. I added 3 coats of semi-gloss poly to finish it off . Wife loves it!