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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 14)

I finished the coffee tables this afternoon. They turned out not half bad. Even though I had a few glitches along the way. Let me tell you about it.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 13)

Introduction

Now that our 25th wedding anniversary is over it’s back to work on the coffee tables for my bride. Besides the legs being shorted and having only 1 drawer, these coffee tables have other differences, such as a lift-up top.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 12)

The end tables are finished! More importantly, Po is pleased. These tables feature 2 drawers for storage and the legs keep the tables high enough to allow our Roomba to get underneath to clean.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 11)

It’s beginning to look like an end table. I’ve got the fronts of the drawers attached and the top completed.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 10)

I have installed the drawers of the end tables. This feature will all us to store magazines, books and pens so they will be in easy reach while not cluttering up the Livingroom. Well, that’s the plan. Will it work? Who knows?
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 9)

The bases of the end tables are now standing on their own 4 feet. You can start to get an idea as to how these tables will look when they are finished.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 8)

I have suffered a setback with my coffee and end tables. The spacing between the legs where I intended to attach the drawer slides is too far apart for the 20-inch slides I bought.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 7)

I have started to construct the end tables starting with the sides. I’m letting them dry overnight before I connect them.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 6)

I have plugged, cut off and sanded the legs and they are now ready to have the slots cuts that will hold the biscuits, which will attach them to the sides, I hope.
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Coffee and End Table Project (Part 5)

Finished the legs of the coffee and end tables on Monday. They are not quite finished. I need to sand then and do something about the ends.

The Ends of the Legs

The ends of the legs are hollow and, in the case of the coffee tables, will be exposed. Therefore, I have to plug them. I estimated that these holes would be 1.5 inches square, which they are and I could glue up 2 pieces of ¾ plywood together and rip them to size. However, ¾ plywood isn’t ¾ inches thick, so I have to figure something out.

Filler Option

I thought about sandwiching thin strips of wood between the plywood to make it thicker. I even started to glue up one, but tonight I thought of a better idea.

Pinwheel Option

The new plan is to cut ¾ plywood into strips and poke it in the holes to form a pinwheel pattern. This will leave a small hole in the middle, which I will fill with a small peg.

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