coffee table/dining table combo

Living in a small cabin there was no room for a dedicated dining area so this coffee table/dining table combo was just the ticket!  Quick to convert and fits my cabin style.  The L brackets (basic utilitarian brackets spray painted hammered black) on the corners serve as extra support as well as a decorative element. (time will tell if I need to add any extra wood braces to the long sides)

Estimated Cost
N/A had most of the wood already. Just the cost of brackets and a couple of 8 ft. 2x2's.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
Minwax Dark Walnut
Minwax Polycrylic Satin Finish
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

bknjohnson

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:47

Your table came out great!  It's on my honey-do list next.  I was wondering now that you've built it and used it for awhile, is the pine holding up well for the top and for the base?  The 2x2s at the box stores are mostly warped, twisted, really dinged up so I'm thinking about getting a slightly harder wood for the base, and maybe maple for the top.  The top would be stained black, the base will be painted.  If the 2x2 pine you used seems stable (with the L brackets), I'd reconsider and go pick through the box store a little more thoroughly.

bknjohnson

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:47

Your table came out great!  It's on my honey-do list next.  I was wondering now that you've built it and used it for awhile, is the pine holding up well for the top and for the base?  The 2x2s at the box stores are mostly warped, twisted, really dinged up so I'm thinking about getting a slightly harder wood for the base, and maybe maple for the top.  The top would be stained black, the base will be painted.  If the 2x2 pine you used seems stable (with the L brackets), I'd reconsider and go pick through the box store a little more thoroughly.

bknjohnson

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:49

Your table came out great!  It's on my honey-do list next.  I was wondering now that you've built it and used it for awhile, is the pine holding up well for the top and for the base?  The 2x2s at the box stores are mostly warped, twisted, really dinged up so I'm thinking about getting a slightly harder wood for the base, and maybe maple for the top.  The top would be stained black, the base will be painted.  If the 2x2 pine you used seems stable (with the L brackets), I'd reconsider and go pick through the box store a little more thoroughly.  I also wondered the same about including braces on the long side.

vgreeninger

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:27

It hasn't been used enough yet to tell you how the pine will hold up. But it is very stable .I nailed the shelves in and the trim around it adds stability. I don't see a need for and kind of bracing. 

vgreeninger

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:27

It hasn't been used enough yet to tell you how the pine will hold up. But it is very stable .I nailed the shelves in and the trim around it adds stability. I don't see a need for and kind of bracing. 

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