Archive for November, 2015

Solid Wood Coffee Table

My wife decided that for her Birthday and Christmas presents this year she wanted to have a new solid wood coffee table and matching end tables for the living room. Our upstairs is a mixture of Oak and Ash hardwood furniture, flooring and baseboards. I had a fair bit of Ash in my shop after my Dad finding a great deal on Ash at a garage sale 2 summers ago for $50 for about 300 – 400 board feet!

I found some pictures online of a coffee table that we liked the design of and based my design off of that matching the current size of our existing coffee table.

The table is 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. Most of the wood is ash, but the legs are oak as that is the 2″ thick stock that I had on hand. The legs are 2 3/4″ square.

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Flip Top Planer/Sander Stand

I picked up an oscillating spindle/belt sander this summer for a great price. Always wanted one, and it works very well. The problem was I rarely used it because I had no table space for it. So it sat on the floor of my shop collecting dust. I saw a flip top stand on an episode of The Woodpecker on YouTube and I knew that is what I wanted to build. His was built out of 2x4s if I recall correctly, and I wanted something out of plywood. I found a video/article online about one very similar to the one I had in my head.

Using the pictures as a guide I designed one that would hold the 2 tools I wanted to use on it keeping in mind that I wanted the output of the plainer to be the same height as my workbench to use as an out feed table if necessary. I also added 1 drawer on the bottom that can be pulled out and accessed from either side. I cut all the pieces to size, cut a groove with a core box bit on my router table down the centre of both pieces of the top (2 x 3/4″ birch plywood), and glued in a 1/2″ piece of metal rod I bought at Home Depot. I used some purple heart hardwood to hold the ends in case there is a need for added structure and strength at that point. I put some paste wax in the holes receiving the metal rod to make it slide easily. I am very happy with the results. I can now use both tools very easily and hook up the power and dust collection after I have selected my tool. I secured the power cords to the top to prevent them from getting caught in the flipping mechanism and use a short extension cord to plug in the tool when needed. I also use a quick set hose clamp to secure my dust collection when I am ready that I picked up at Woodcraft.

If it isn’t easy to attach, I probably wouldn’t use it that often.

Here is a video of it in action….