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Re Lounge-Room Coffee Table Project
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Enclosed are some pictures of the coffee table I built using the plans on your website.
I needed a coffee table so that my wife and I could have dinner while watching our favorite show, without craning our necks over the cats.
I also needed plans or guidance that did not involve dependence on high-end specialty power tools. I found that on your website.
The project took me about four weekends and cost me about $40 in materials.
The top is made of 3/4 inch birch plywood. The corner brackets were cut from a 2x4 stud. I used a mitre box to cut the 45 degree angle on each end. I had to substitute a 1X1 strips of trim for the fillets because the home improvement stores in my area did not carry the size described in the plans. The substitution worked just fine.
I used a handsaw to cut out the flat area on the legs where the carriage bolts are placed. I think this works better than cutting it out using a chisel. You should clamp the piece properly in order to use the saw so I can see why the chisel is also an option.
Since my tabletop is plywood, I wrapped the edge of the top using a veneer tape. The stuff can be applied using a household iron and can be trimmed, sanded and stained.
I used a Minwax oil based stain called Red Mahogany. I did pretreat the tabletop with a pre-stain. Primarily because I had some from a prior finishing project. I dont think its necessary.
I sealed the top with two coats of fast drying polyurethane (sanding in between of course).
Thanks for the clear and detailed plans. I will be building more projects from your site.
Belleville, New Jersey, USA
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