Sofa Table

The Making Of A Sofa Table

sofa table assembled

Step 1 – Wood Selection

Since this table is for us, we are able to choose the wood, and luckily we had some hemlock on hand that could work. Table design will coordinate with our simple shaker style coffee table. Painted base with natural wood top.20170325_145648

Step 2 – Straight Lines Needed

Cutting off the live edge and creating straight pieces to work with.

Step 3 – Face Jointing

This is necessary to insure that all parts are flat, not cupped or twisted.

face jointed

Step 4 – Planing

Plane to desired thickness. 1 5/16″ for the skirt and top, 3 1/4″ for the legs, which allows for an additional 1/16″ that the drum sander will remove.

Step 5 – Glue Ups & Joinery

table legs glued up

Why the wax paper? To prevent gluing the legs together by accident. Don’t laugh, it happens….not to us of course!

top prep with biscuit cutter

Wood top is edge glued and biscuit jointed for ease of alignment and strength.

Step 6 – Drum Sanding

This step not only smooths, it brings the pieces down to their finish thickness.

table top drum sander

Step 7 – Shaping and Cutting

Top and skirts are now cut to the proper length and legs are shaped / tapered.

Step 8 – Pre Drilling & Test Fit

Pre-drilling will not only save you a bunch of time, it will minimize damaging the painted finish during assembly.

Test fit is very important. If something isn’t quite right, you want to be able to address and correct before the finish coats are applied.

Step 9 – Finish Coats

Primer – Paint – Poly

Step 10 – Assembly

As mentioned above, the pre-drilling is a huge time saver.

sofa table assembly

sofa table

In place and ready for use. We are happy with the result and look forward to building another one. For you perhaps?

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