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Double lidded coffee table

Double lidded coffee table
Double lidded coffee table

This country style double lidded coffee table was relatively easy to build. After all, when you are trying to achieve a rustic looking piece of furniture, bumps and dings, scratches and dents are favorable. 🙂

 

 

 

I actually built this from 2 x 12 stair tread lumber, about the cheapest lumber in the store at the time. The expense came in purchasing wrought iron strap hinges and ring pulls.

Double lidded coffee table
Double lidded coffee table

I used a very crude finger joint style corner and the trim piece on the bottom was from a 2″ router bit molding profile. The rest of it was straight boards. I  have bought a whole bunch of the hinges to make a few different style projects. Since the finger joint corners were strong by themselves, I used hinges are corner straps as a decorative piece.

Double lidded country style furniture
Double lidded country style furniture

To finish it I first gave it some dents and dings with various sharp objects, and then knocked down the corners and edges with a rough bastard file. Then I took a cloth and gave my garden shovel a good scrubbing (no water). The rust and dirt from the shovel was then rubbed into the wood surface and into those rough, pitted areas I created with the bastard file. I then gave it a light sanding with 150 grit, wiped it down and gave it 3 coats of clear polyurethane. After it dried for about a month I gave it a couple good coats of furniture wax.

Great storage for books and tv remotes.
Great storage for books and tv remotes.

Smooth as a baby’s bottom 🙂 I choose the polyurethane because over time and sun exposure, it provides the most dramatic color change. (photos updated 2009)  See also the end tables and entertainment center.

A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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