I was given a coffee table that was my grandmothers. It is a nice table as
it stand but a little old looking for our contemporary house. I'd like to
update the appearance a bit.
I'm told the top is solid maple. It is a medium wood tone. The top is
easily removed from the base. My plan is to trim about an inch from all
sides and then add an edging from some leftover birch plywood I have. The
color will be close enough to proved a good contrast, and having the
multiple plies around the edge will give it a contemporary look to match the
shelves and bookcase I made a couple of years ago.
My question is the about the corners. With my tablesaw it will be hard to
get a good miter to fit exactly. Is it OK to just put two strips on the
long side and leave them extended about an inch, then cut two shorter pieces
to fit in the ends? Any reason they should be mitered?
I plan to sand them even before I put on the polyurethane finish so it will
all blend together just like it has always been there.
Robert Vandernaught, Jr.
My question is why would you want to take and old maybe antique table that
you got from your grandmother and trim off the edges, put plywood around the
edge to make it modern????? Why???
Hell contemporary furniture or not that table would be worth a hell of a lot
more in sentimental value that you will ever make it. To hell with it not
fitting into your furniture that is from your grandmama. I would make it
the center piece and really cherish it.
If I had to get a fit it would be a new one with a hell of a lot less
personnal value to it.
George in Ga
Gonna leave in the rest for reference, sorry!
Seems to me the _right_ thing to do (although way beyond the skills of the
OP if he can't make a miter fit) would be to use the table as an excuse to
make a house (or at least a room) full of furniture in a matching style.
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I've not seen a coffee table that was older than the '40s. So if it
was grandmother's, that probably makes him somewhere in his teens.
Which fits with the fairly obvious trolling.
Anyone fancy an 1890-1914-ish English Arts & Crafts dresser, wearing
'50s plastic handles ? No top either, because the previous owner
ripped it off as "a handy piece of wood" before throwing out the whole
piece. It's now in my lounge, waiting for me to get round to restoring
I'm very disappointed. I was told this was a friendly group and would be
able to help me, but I guess I was wrong. No one even tried to answer my
simple question. You just made fun of me and questioned my motives. All I
want is some trendy looking furniture
Well, I'm not going to get mad. I'm used to people treating me that way,
ever since I married my young cousin. You guys are as bad as the people
always trying to look into my back yard when we are out there in the summer.
Robert Vandernaught, Jr.
I won't be posting for the next few weeks. I'll be taking some woodworking
courses to improve my skills. I've got lots of big projects ahead and want
them to come out perfect. Here is a list of courses I'm going to take at
Faux finishes for particleboard
Mounting your lawnmower to your router table. (Class supplies include an
adapter that holds 1/2" bits)
Converting Steel Strapping to Bandsaw Blades (Participants must brig their
own file and tin snips to class)
The tuition is expensive, but I get a 10% discount because I'm a member of
the Craftsman Club. Hope to see you guys soon. You can be sure I'll share
some of the wonderful things I've learned. Yep, it'll be nice to be "Home
R. E. Quick Transit
I've had the same problem and find that the best approach is to leave the
whole thing assembled, then just trip along the edges with a circular saw.
If your blades are like mine, it will splinter the wood around the cuts. No
problem. Just smooth things over with a can of bondo. When the bondo
dries, cover the whole top and side with contact paper. Simple - - -
effective - - - cheap. Contact paper is available in a wide variety of
contemporary patterns and colors. I've also found that you can spiff up old
fashioned looking legs with aluminum paint from a spray can. It won't look
anything like you or anyone else remember it.
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