1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Coffee Table

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by thewoodlands, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    100_4903.JPG Since the basement has tongue and groove pine on the walls my wife wants a pine coffee table, attached are some pictures of some pine I milled last year.

    The pine is two inches thick, looking for some ideas for legs.

    zap 100_4902.JPG
    Thistle likes this.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan
    zap, I've seen lots of legs that really look fine but probably your wife would not agree to use them on a coffee table.
    fishingpol, Thistle and DexterDay like this.
  3. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,052
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    zap likes this.
  4. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,970
    Loc:
    PA.
    I agree with fishinpol....go the rustic route... smiley-1.jpg
  5. ISeeDeadBTUs

    ISeeDeadBTUs Guest

    I must concur with Dennis . . . go with something classy and elegant
    [​IMG]
    Backwoods Savage and zap like this.
  6. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    fishingpol, I just showed the wife the rustic table which she loved so I'll save the link for the tenon cutters.

    Thanks
    Zap
    GAMMA RAY likes this.
  7. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,970
    Loc:
    PA.
    Zap...dont forget pics....upon completion.... smiley-1.jpg
  8. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,052
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    Great. Those tenon cutters are a small investment. With a large supply of wood, you could build chairs and benches for other uses. They will pay themselves off in not time.
    Thistle likes this.
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Only if it comes out nice. ;) I'm still waiting for Sav's picture of those ole legs he was talking about.

    Happy Easter
    Zap
    Backwoods Savage likes this.
  10. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Do you think the legs are attached with screws or by a tenon? What size tenon package would be the best?

    zap
  11. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,052
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    If you are using two planks side by side for the top, you would probably need a piece of 2" x 3" pine under the planks to keep them together. One at each end of the table. You could use wood screws up from underneath the 2x3 to secure the planks. That 2x3 then could get two holes for the legs. I would use gorilla glue to secure and a small square-drive finish screw to hold the tenons into the hole drilled in at a slight angle. I'll grab a few pieces of scrap wood and put up a pic or two of what I am describing.

    As far as the tenon size, probably half the diameter of the log you are using for the leg. I have not built one before, so some net searching may be needed for more tips.
  12. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA
    PICT0025.JPG PICT0028.JPG For a neat look,go with a through tenon thats flush with the tabletop,secured by a glued-in wedge of darker contrasting wood,like walnut,cherry etc

    3 different sized lathe-turned laminated Hickory mallets I made years ago,largest is around 3 1/2 lbs

    Attached Files:

    fishingpol and Backwoods Savage like this.
  13. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Looks great Thistle, don't take this wrong but is that some type of a sledge hammer?

    zap
  14. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA

    I guess you could call it that sure.Basically a large heavy mallet used for chopping out mortices with large chisels,fast stock removal & other tasks.Head is about 3 1/2 diameter x 6 long,with pieces of 3" copper pipe on the ends to prevent any splitting from rough use.Its a larger version of an 100+ yr old one I found at an estate auction some years before.That old one is Hard Maple w/steel pipe on the ends.Only reason I used copper is because its some scrap that I kept back & didnt sell earlier.
  15. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Very nice job Thistle, looks great. Looks like I'll use pine or hemlock for the legs, once I debark it how long should I let this dry? It will be going in the same room has the woodstove.

    zap
  16. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA
    General rule is 1 year per inch of thickness.It wouldnt be a bad idea to wait a bit longer.Or after that time,move the rough cut pieces to a room near the stove for a few weeks to get them acclimated before moving the finished product close by.One thing is you want this to be gradual & not all at once.I've heard smaller pieces crack that I thought were dry enough to be completely worked & finished.Certain woods are more forgiving than others- dense hardwoods are notorious for cracking/splitting if dried too suddenly.Great for firewood,bad for lumber.Straight grain softwoods are usually more friendly. Just takes patience & time for proper drying/storage,something that's hard to have sometimes today.
  17. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,052
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    Nice mallets Thistle.

    Zap, I took a few scraps of fence to give you an idea how to attach an adjacent piece to the plank and then mortise a tenon leg into it. It is a rudimentary picture but hopefully gets the idea across. Also, stretchers going between the legs will strengthen it up a bit.


    DSC00929.JPG





    Looking back at the picture of the table, they may have used a double-ended screw into the leg and then into the bottom of the plank. A decent sized oak dowel (1/2" -5/8") drilled into the top of the leg and then a corresponding hole into the underside of the plank would suffice.
  18. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Thistle, thanks. Guess I better find some material for the legs this month.

    fishingpol, what size Tenon Cutter did you use on that leg?

    zap
  19. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,052
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    The picture is just pieces of fencing. It was pre-cut on the ends of the rails about 1 1/2" in diameter.

Share This Page