I have people coming into my shop looking for furniture so I decided to make a few more pieces. This is a hall or sofa table.
Firstly, I apologize if you earlier got the photos from this blog post without any description. I’m still figuring out blogging on the iPad.
I was contacted by someone locally who had a window that she wanted made in to a coffee table. Could I do that? Of course!
The window was brought in and I worked directly from it for measurements. The customer wanted it made out of pine and the height to be about 18″ with the window on top.
The four legs are just over 1 1/2″ square and I used my router to make mortises on the top for the aprons to fit into.
The side and end aprons have the corresponding tenons on the end, which I did with my table saw:
Every piece is sanded smooth before assembly.
I glue the tenons in to the mortise in pairs, so I have two ends that look like this one:
Then I glue in the side two aprons and the two lower rail pieces that will hold the bottom shelf:
The pieces that make up the shelf are screwed into the bottom rail and I added two figure 8 connectors on opposite sides (they are screwed to the top of the apron from above and then screwed into the window from below):
My customer wanted to paint the table herself, so it is left as unpainted pine.The window then sits on top:
Here’s a close-up:
Even though I’m a carpenter/cabinetmaker and I love wood… this is too much wood on wood!
So, first I sanded the chair seats because they were very worn. I did this outside last December 27th, before the snow fell:
As an aside, here is what it looks like out there today!!!!
After sanding I brushed on a couple of coats of shellac (again, this was just the seats). This is the best thing for keeping knots from bleeding through.
Once those were done I used Gail’s (My Repurposed Life) chalky paint , which is where you make your own primer using Plaster of Paris, a bit of water, and latex paint. Then I coated the chairs with the same latex paint I had used in the primer. For the table I only painted the apron and legs and left the top as it was.
We haven’t done anything else yet in the dining room, but you can see the difference that painting the table base and chairs has made to the room.
Do you think it was a good idea to paint this table and chairs?
If anyone is keeping track, I really should be posting part 2 of our Biloxi trip. Since Angie at Knick of Time is having a Farmhouse special link up on Friday and the topic is Farmhouse Tables, I quickly put this together so that I could share it there. Stay tuned for Biloxi part 2.
I’m sharing this at:
I am so behind in my blogging, I will have to just do some quick posts to try to catch up…
I made two tables last year, completely out of pallet wood.
I even had some 2 x 2s with my pallets. Those I cut in two to make the length of the legs (about 19″ long”) so there was no wastage. The construction is basic and you can see it here:
and here is a close up:
Since the set up for making something from scratch is so much work, from planing the wood to setting the mitre saw on an angle to setting the router for cutting a groove.. why not make more than one table?
Besides, I had the extra legs.
I decided to make a compass table top for my second round table:
There are so many bloggers with good ideas and I was inspired by Beth at the blog Make Me Pretty Again who made this great table:
|Inspiration photo from Make Me Pretty Again|
Here’s another great table with a compass on top… I love the map drawer. It’s from Nan at the blog sea rose cottage
I made my own circular top by gluing together pieces of scrap pine. If you make the edges nice and even, you can easily glue pieces side by side, there is no need for screws and ugly screw holes like you get with pocket screws. Using good quality clamps helps:
I really enjoy making circles with my router. You can really make any size and I explained how I did it in an earlier post when making my clock face here
For this table I painted the legs, base and top with Chalk Paint in the colour “Provence.” I really wasn’t sure if I could use basic acrylic craft paint over the chalk paint so I emailed Tricia, a blogger at The Purple Painted Lady who sells Annie Sloan chalk paint. I did not know Tricia, but sent her an email and asked her opinion and she was kind enough to quickly reply that it would be okay to paint over the chalk paint. She added to wax after adding the craft paint. It’s so nice to have bloggers helping others like that, thanks Tricia!
I looked online to see how compasses were drawn and using my math skills and a protractor, came up with a design similar to Beths but different. I drew it on with pencil and then painted it by hand.
I sanded the top just a little to distress it and make it appear a bit older and then waxed it all.
Thanks again to Beth, Nan and Tricia and all the bloggers out there that share their ideas and techniques with others.
Sharing at the following blogs:
Brambleberry Cottage Shabby Art Boutique
Too Much Time on my Hands Funky Junk Interiors
Under the Table and Dreaming Between Naps on the Porch
Coastal Charm Knick of Time Interiors
Cowgirl Up Elizabeth & Co.
Savvy Southern Style Beyond the Picket Fence
Be Colorful Primitive & Proper
House of Hepworths No Minimalist Here
aka design Jennifer Rizzo
After the table was stained, I first put vaseline in spots on the table base and legs as I describe in this post.
Then I painted with white paint on top, in a bit of a rough way, not being concerned about covering every bit of wood. The vaseline stops the paint from getting through to the wood. Once the paint is dry, I just rub away the vaseline and the stain shows in those parts.
Here is the underside of the table with the Z clips that I often use. These clips are essential to allow for wood movement in the top (the clock part). I wrote more about that here.
Here’s another view of the finished clock table:
Now, you didn’t think I’d only make just one triangular base did you? I made another quite different table with the same base, I’ll post about it soon.
For this project:
Sharing at the following blogs:
My Repurposed Life Miss Mustard Seed
Between Naps on the Porch Primitive and Proper
Coastal Charm Brambleberry Cottage
Cedar Hill Ranch Very Merry Vintage Style
Knick of Time Interiors Savvy Southern Style
Elizabeth & Co. Faded Charm Cottage
Beyond the Picket Fence No Minimalist Here
House of Hepworths aka design
Common Ground Jennifer Rizzo
Shabby Art Boutique Too Much Time on my Hands
Funky Junk Interiors Under the Table and Dreaming
You can read part 1 in my previous post here
I’m trying to make a triangular table base with 3 legs and a circular top.
Okay, to make the base, I cut the apron pieces out of pine at 60 degrees:
The ends are such that one end overlaps the one beside it, which I’m really not sure how to explain other than that and each end is different, with one going past the adjacent piece. Perhaps the photo will show it:
I will cut a groove in each apron piece at a point which will allow the leg to show itself below the apron. So the groove already in the top of the leg will line up with the bottom of the apron.
Inside the groove will sit triangular pieces of plywood that the legs will be screwed into:
This is the bottom of the apron, so, each leg will sit on the triangle and that allows more of the leg to show than if it sat directly on the bottom of the table top.
I’m hoping this hasn’t caused some of you to stop reading, this is unconventional but please stick with me!
Here’s the apron upright, you can also see the grooves put in to hold the Z clips that I use to attach the table top:
Everything was glued together, not so easy to do, because of the angles, but the plywood triangles were a tight fit and they helped hold things together. I also used a few finishing nails at each vertex.
The legs were then screwed in to the plywood triangles and I put a quick coat of stain (using my steel wool and vinegar mix as I did here) over the whole base:
I’ll show the finished table in my next post!