Friday, May 28, 2010

Coffee Table

We have been wanting a coffee table for our den since we moved in, but could never find anything that fit in our price range and really did not ever find one that we liked. So I found the Tyde Coffee Table on Knock Off Wood and we both liked the design of it, so figured I would give it a go.

The materials needed were pretty basic, 4x4, 2x4 & 1x1's, 2x6 for the ends or aprons; and the cuts were not difficult at all. Assembly was fairly easy, hardest part was making sure you cut the center boards all the same length so everything lines up and there are no gaps in between.

Once it was assembled, I "distressed" the whole thing by strategically beating it with a chain. One tip I picked up pretty quick; wear some thick gloves, my finger is still sore from a chain backlash, and it has been a month!

After pre-conditioning the wood (didn't know there was such a thing) I started the staining process. This was the first thing I have ever stained, but it turned out ok. I put on 3-4 coats, allowing it to dry for at least 24 hours in between. The trickiest part was doing the underside, I waited until I had a couple coats on the top portions, then flipped it over and just put 1 coat underneath, but by that time you need another person to help you flip it over since it is a pretty sturdy table.

We think it turned out really well, there are a couple of things I will do different next time; right now there are 1x1's supporting underneath, and since I have the Kreg Jig, will be able to fewer, if any, 1x1's and just attach the 2x4's to themself, will also eliminate any gaps. But for now, it looks great in the den and another project completed.





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18 comments:

  1. We are currently building this coffee table and LOVE the finish you used! Could you tell me what you used? (we have never stained anything) What gave it that glossy finish?

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    1. It's not south the stain bit the finish you apply. I use spray on sealant, Minwax has it in different finishes. I do most everything in a Satin finish.

      JM

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    2. So what stain brand and color did you use? Thanks!

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  2. What kind of dimensions are the boards on the top because the 7 boards on top look the be a different size then the ones on the end connected to them. It says all 2x4, but the ones in the middle look like 1x4 or something different.

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    1. Dylan, you are absolutely correct, I just now realized I did not included all the boards! We used a 2x6 as well, and that is the end board, or apron. Thanks for catching!

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  3. so 2x4 in the middle and 2x6 on the outsides?

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    1. Dylan, go to www.ana-white.com and search for Tryde coffee tables and you should be able to find the plans. I am not sure on stain color, that was a long time ago

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  4. Dylan, I use Rusteum Kona color on everything now, you ca get that at Lowes.

    JM

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  5. Thank you, I just finished it today, kind of hard with only a mini jig, weird clamps that don't hold and no table. Looks great though for my first wood project. I love the color of yours I am going tomorrow to pick up that color and see how it goes.

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  6. Cool table. how do I finish it? I'd like to stain it.

    Do I sand now? I did not pre-sand anything before assembling it.
    if I want to distress it with a chain, do I distress it first and then sand? or sand and then distress?

    when staining, do I sand in between coats? after staining, do you apply a glossy finish?

    first time building something, surprised to see it was leveled at the end!!

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    1. Hi there, congrats on the first build! To finish it like you are wanting to do; go ahead and distress it first, then sand it. Some people suggest sanding between coats of stain, I do not, purely your choice. To finish it, i use a Satin finish and just buy the spray paint finish, much easier. Good luck and thanks for emailing!

      JM

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    2. Hi, thanks for reply. Follow-up (dumb) questions:
      - Stain and the spray paint finish are different things, correct? The stain I apply with rag (or similar) and the spray paint finish just gives me the shine? the finish is a clear coating?

      - For this table, do I need a quart of stain? or a pint?

      Thanks.

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    3. There are no dumb questions! Yes, stain and spray paint finish are different. I use a rag to apply stain and also sponge brushes and wipe off with a rag. The longer you leave it on the darker it will be. You will want to do 2-3 coats. And after it dries for a day, then do the finish to give it the amount of shine you want; satin, semi-gloss or golssy. Just by the quart size, you will not use that much, but better to have enough.

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  7. do you happen to remember how long you let the stain sit before wiping the excess off?

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    1. Adam, I don't let it sit very long, usually do it by sections and brush it on, then go back and wipe it off. The longer you leave it on, the darker it will be.

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  8. Did you use a Kreg Jig on this one or did you screw all the top pieces in from the top? How deep did you countersink the holes? Looking to build my first coffee table and unsure of how good of a job wood putty will do to fill the screw holes?

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    1. Hey there Tom, I used the Kreg Jig on this one also, it makes the job easier since you don't have to fill in the holes. You certainly can do it from the top and fill it in with wood putty, but just know the stain will look a little different. I have done some with wood putty and it looks ok as long as the holes are uniform and in the same spot on each end. I just eyeball it when countersinking and fill it over the top with wood putty so when you sand it down it is will be level with the surface. Good luck!

      JM

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