Deena Mccoy Table November 26th, 2018 - 02:11:21
My challenge for this project is to build a coffee table that reminds me of sitting around the campfire with my friends, something that can capture the essence of that experience and remind me of this time when I'm back at home, so for the design of this table, I want it to be round so that it brings in that campfire feel so everybody can kind of sit around the table and for the base of this table, I'm going to be using some Timbers that are going to be kind of crisscross in a way that Kind of emulates that stacked firewood kind of feel when you go to start a fire.
I'm going to be building this table out of some redwood four by fours, and the reason why I chose redwood is because it's such a close relative of the Sequoias that dominate The Yosemite landscape, the design, is kind of going to be a little bit more of a mid-century modern kind of take on. Maybe what a campfire table would be: it's not going to be as rugged or rustic as some of the stuff that I built in the past. But it's a new challenge for me. It's going to have some interesting joinery.
It's gonna take some figuring out and I hope it comes out like I'm thinking, but I guess I'll find out so what I'm doing is hand ascribing each joint where the wood overlaps and cutting it off with the trim saw. I can't tell you exactly what the angles of the joints are, because I'm kind of playing things by eye making sure that each leg sets flat on the ground and at the top of each leg, is uniform all the way around at 18. Inches. That way, when I put the glass on later, I don't have to worry about it rocking or being uneven.
I want to add some additional strength to each joint, so I'm drilling out and adding a small piece of dowel to connect the two legs, and then I glue everything together to give it some nice stability, I'm standing at the base of the table down to 220 grit And then finishing the base off with several coats of Danish Oil with a light sanding in between coats.