Instructables

First off this was not my idea, I actually got it from another instructables found here :
http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/

Alhough very similar I have changed a few things (which I may, may not have regretted after). Either way, I beleive my instructables is diffrent than the first so with both in hand, you'll be able to build another kick ass table!

The other difference with the other instructables is that the first was built outdoors. I live in a small 5 room appartment downtown Montreal and don't have access to space outside. This whole project was done in the middle of my living room.

 
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Step 1: Tools and materials


Great thing about this instructables is that the materials were free! Mind you, you will have to invest but saving on wood reduced the budget by a few hundreds (I guess/hope).

N.b. To make this easier to read, from now on I'll use "table 1" as reference to the first instructables.

Materials :

- Wood
- Threaded rods
- Washers & nuts
- Glue (I beleive table 1 said 1 gallon of glue so I bought that... WAY TO MUCH, you'll need about 1 litre (1/4 gallon?)).
- Stain
- Varnish
- Wood putty

Tools : (I'm most likely going to forget to list some! I'll mention them as I go along)

- Table saw
- Cicular saw
- Planner
- Sander
- Drill
- Dremel rotary tool



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d3ath1014 days ago
Very nice. Starting a table project like this soon. But without the stain.
Can you tell me what specific stain you used on the wood?!!!
RisetteJa1 year ago
That's just stunning! Really beautiful! :)
J'envie ton savoir des outils pour le bois, une matière si magnifique!
Voilà, c'es tout. :)
jashaw22 years ago
You can also get a speed square to use w/ a skilsaw for straight cuts.
thelawyer4 years ago
Lovely table! I find the best way of applying stain for a blotch-free finish is to apply it with a clean cotton cloth (an old t-shirt/rag is ideal), bunched up into a pad. Putting only a small amount of stain on the cloth at a time, 'buff' it into the wood in line with the grain. The cotton absorbs some of the stain, releasing it evenly on to the surface. It works well.
In South Africa we have a Gel Stain, like the name says, it's a gel and not a runny liquid. No mistakes if you apply it with a sponge, but be sure to have allot of sponges as the gel stain eats up the sponge!

Thanks for the advice on using normal stain!


That's the way I do it.
grd3 years ago
I recently bought a cheap hand held metal detector wand (the kind security guards use to check for weapons etc.) from a Chinese web site. It is wonderful for detecting almost invisible screws, nails, staples etc. in reclaimed pieces of wood. Get one; your tools will thank you for it!
tmjones4 years ago
what type of wood?
cingham tmjones3 years ago
the kind that comes from trees...
Beautiful table...
schmiez4 years ago
The 100 grit doesnt seem high enough to get a smooth finish (but the photos prove otherwise). Is that a function of the wood you used? I'm finishing a similar one, but have found I need 150 to get down to the point that the table wont "catch" on books, papers, beer bottles, etc...
logikly (author)  schmiez4 years ago
You're right... that's an error in what I wrote (I'll correct it) I actually used 400 grit and then 600 grit for the varnish
maxman4 years ago
Thanks for posting this. It is truely an inspiration.
jwilliamsen4 years ago
A helpful technique when you are trying to plane and sand a surface flat: take a pencil and draw a wavy line back and forth across the whole surface - a long "squiggle" down the table. This will allow you to see the low spots as you plane and sand (the pencil marks will be left behind in the "low" spots). It's also very helpful when doing your rough shaping to go at 45 degrees across the planks, then alternate to the opposite side of the table and go the along the opposite 45 degrees - so you go 45 degrees one way, then 45 degrees the opposite way from the other side of the table. Doing this will help make sure you're working the table top evenly. Also, try to work evenly across the whole top at the same time - don't focus on one area. When you get the table top flat, start sanding with the grain. Use aluminum oxide papers for all your major smoothing, and finish with Garnet paper. Garnet paper is the best for final smoothing.
Actually the best way to stain soft wood is to first seal the wood with clear varnish and then stain it. This solves the problem with blotching.
logikly (author)  jwilliamsen4 years ago
That's an awesome technique... I wish I had known it prior to staining and varnishing my table! Thank you for sharing
lafnbear4 years ago
c'est magnifique! but... what if you move? :-)
logikly (author)  lafnbear4 years ago
We'll find a bridge when we have to cross the river ;)
Microbe logikly4 years ago
I think it you look, you may find an instructable on how to build a bridge :o)
You could just float across on it. nice work!
logikly (author)  Microbe4 years ago
hahahahaha... most likely ;)
Tres belle table... Je veux m'en faire une moi aussi... car j'avais vu le premier "instructables", ce qui m'avais vraiment intéressé... et avec le tien, et bien ca me donne un petit coup de pied au culs... :) Et je crois que je vais m'acheter aussi une table a découper.... question: a tu utiliser un planneur pour mettre tes planche sur le meme niveaux ou tu a juste sablé...
logikly (author)  eduplessis4 years ago
Ca va définitivement te prendre une planeuse... ca serait beaucoup trop long avec une sableuse seulement... Va lire le commentaire de jwilliamsen du 13 juin, c'est très intéressant et j'aurais aimé connaitre ce truc avant.
geppetto4254 years ago
Next time, before attaching the legs, take the table top to a local cabinet shop. They can run it through their planner and then thickness sander. Should only take them a half hour and cost you about $30. (The bottom has to be flat though.)
Possibly, though I doubt any cabinet shop is going to allow a huge mess of unknown pieces of reclaimed lumber be put through their $10,000+ planer.
vingtdeux4 years ago
wow i really love your table!!! and a very long one too! knowing how montreal's appartments could have real tiny dining room, good luck with your next one! :-) only thing is, i find that for a table taht size, you somehow lose space to sit people, because of the position and shape of the legs. could you sit 8 or 10?
logikly (author)  vingtdeux4 years ago
8 people can sit comfortably on it. You can sit 10 but it's a bit more crowded
kaynegabe4 years ago
How long does it take to make this project?
logikly (author)  kaynegabe4 years ago
I didn't count the exact time but I'd say about 100 hours of work overall
geppetto4254 years ago
Oops, planner should be spelled planer...
jwilliamsen4 years ago
Soft woods (pine, fir, cedar, redwood, etc) and even some hardwoods like Cherry can be very difficult to stain without "blotching". Some other ideas (beyond what you mentioned) to help achieve a consistent blotch-free finish would be to use a gel stain, or, a "stain control" product which is essentially a very thin finish coat that you apply to your project to seal the pores of the wood before staining. You can make your own "stain control" product by mixing your final finish about 1:3 finish to solvent, applying a light coat to your project, and letting it cure. When you apply your stain it will be much easier to control the consistency and depth of color. Be sure to test your proposed finish techniques on scrap pieces first so you can make sure you like the results and avoid those nasty surprises :)
jwilliamsen4 years ago
Good tools are never a bad investment - you can always sell them when you're done using them and recoup some of your money. Quality tools will sell for much more of their original price than a cheap tool will, and the time and effort saved combined with better quality is usually well worth it. The old saying goes: Buy Nice, or Buy Twice :)
jwilliamsen4 years ago
I very rarely used Yellow glues any more. A better type of glue to use is Polyurethane Glue. Be aware that some polyurethane formulations are crap - I've had some cure the consistency of styrofoam (very bad). The most consistent quality I've found is with "Gorilla Glue" - it's a bit more expensive, but worth it. You will use about 1/3 as much polyurethane glue as you will yellow glues because polyurethane glues expand as they cure ( you need to dampen your surfaces - polyurethane glues need water to cure). Polyurethane glues also take stain, unlike yellow glues. Aliphatic Resin glues (yellow glues) never really cure - they remain a liquid (like asphalt and glass) and your joints will creep over time. Yellow glues also tend to gum up sandpaper and dull tools - which poly glues do not. BTW - the first table I ever built was done on the living room floor of my apartment as well :)
Eric Hart4 years ago
You want to be careful when using lumber salvaged from outdoor decks and patios; often, they are built with pressure-treated lumber, which used to contain arsenic. The arsenic can be released when you are cutting and sanding the wood, so be sure to use the proper kind of respirator. The arsenic can leach into your skin through direct contact, but it poisons much more efficiently through ingestion, which can happen if you eat food off of a table made from pressure-treated lumber. I don't know how much protection you get by coating the top with varnish, but I would certainly do some research before assuming it is safe.
gjm4 years ago
I must say; this turned out better than I expected it to when I first started reading this instructable. It's quite inspiring. Excellent job.
ax894 years ago
My first though: Very nice! My second though: omg, that must be HEAVY!!! Good work though, especially doing it all in your apartment!! Hope you didn't get into trouble for all the noise you made in the process. :)
Crispie J4 years ago
It's fantastic. I recently moved into a small apartment in Halifax (fellow Canuck) and was wondering if I would ever be able to work on this kind of project without a garage or basement (not that I completed any when I had those things LOL). You showed that it could be done. Come to think of it my dad built a small sailboat in the living room when I was growing up - I remember crawling under it to get to the couch. It must have driven my mother to the edge of barking lunacy. Thanks also for the tip about Kijiji and Craigslist - you can also try Freecycle.
lofgren4 years ago
Nice one, well done!
mscharf4 years ago
Awsome! like the look and feel of it been wanting to replicate that look for an outdoor table, beautiful job.
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