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Re Lounge-Room Coffee Table Project

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coffee table corner detail
coffee table side view
coffee table top view

coffee table corner detail

Hello Folks,
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.
Carlos Ramos Belleville, New Jersey, USA

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