My Wife's sewing table

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:37

This turned out to be a great project.  In the end it took far more time than I thought.  I used Mahogancy and Maple for the table top. That was expensive and costs around $250 in material alone.  I attached the boards together with Kreig Screws.  It took around 120 screws to get it all done.  

There are a few things I would do differently.  I would not use 12 inch wide boards.  They are all warpped or cupped.  I would either use birch veneer plywood or I would use 4 to 6 inch boards, straighten the edges on a table saw and then glue them together.  There are YouTube videos that show how do to that.  The 12 inch boards just did not cooperate and I really had to struggle to deal with the twisting and cupping. And, I hand picked what appeared to be straight boards.  

The top took a lot of sanding.  The Krieg system states that glueing is not necessary.  However, that is really not accurate when using different kinds of wood of this length.  So, the edges raised up and needed some serious sanding.  I also should have cut all the edges straight because after the job was done I could  see spaces between some of the boards.  Not a big deal but just somehting to take note of.  All together this took around 50 hours.  I also used a router to cut the shelf supports, (a challange in cupped wood) and I put some extra mouldings on to cover up the cupping and warping in places.  Then we painted it white with aqua trim and decided to re-do the color to dark blue.  

My wife loves the table and it looks great and no one knows about the mistakes but me. It is a great design and very functional.  I really like the hardwood top. 

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Oil stain on the top and paint on the bookshelfs
Recommended Skill Level