Coffee Table Part 1: Materials

This weekend, M and I worked on our new coffee table.

M made a prototype out of balsa, and I sketched up some ideas. The prototype is much, much cooler looking than the sketches.

Our daughter will receive this once completed for her toy dolls. 

Given our time restraints with other responsibilities, kid's activities, and me-accidentally-locking-the-rented-garage-door-opener-in-the-garage-with-no-other-entrance, we didn't get as far as we had hoped. But, we do have a great start!

Step 1: Gather tools and wood

A. Tools needed:
  • Hand saw (we chose Japanese Ryoba Hand Saw, see Products We Use page)
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Rasp  - Optional
Square, Hand Saw, Measuring Tape
Somehow the Rasp and Pencil went missing....

B. Wood Purchase:

We reluctantly chose pine. If the prototype works well, hardwood is on order. With tax, this came out to be $48.15 in wood.

Quantity Size
4 1" x 2" x 48"
2 2" x 2" x 96"
1 2" x 11" x 72"

C. Cutouts:

This can be done at home with saw or at local wood seller.

21" x 2" x 19 7/8" 
21" x 2" x 32 7/8"
22" x 2" x 19 7/8"
22" x 2" x 32 7/8"

2" x 11" x 36"
2" x 2" x 16"
1" x 2" x 4" min length

We didn't size the cuts correctly before cutting, and are now gluing two pieces together on the bottom.
Rookie mistake on our part!
But the 1" x 2"'s will be supports directly under the table.

This is as far as we made it. It's about 90 degrees F out and very humid.

We are using old spice bottles for mixing our finishes and dyes.
Lockwood's red dye mixed with Wellermart platina dewaxed shellac on some pine boards. We have a piece drying in the sun and are working on a few other combinations of dyes. 

Stay tuned for further updates and results!

Thanks for checking this out, and have a great day!



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