Or, at least better than I could have hoped…
I finished the reclaimed wood console table the other day and bought some counter top height stools to match the chairs I have for my dining table. I think the entire thing came out pretty great. I’m typing this post while seated at said console table, on perhaps the most beautiful day of the summer.
The back tray is home center 4/4 Poplar. Made from a single board that was relatively straight and had no wind to speak of, there is not much to the tray other than glue and nails. A quick test fit ensured it was ready for finish. Once it was painted, I nailed it on with two brad nails into the top raids (in keeping with the theme of simplicity).
I have a new favorite color in General Finishes milk paint: Coastal Blue. It’s essentially Navy Blue, but I live by the ocean. Get it? The table top of the console table is bare wood finished in Tung Oil. I think it works well.
At my local lumber yard today, 4/4 soft maple shorts were on sale for 2.90/bf, so this table is getting a hardwood shelf (which will also be painted Coastal Blue). The shelf will likely be piled with books, binders of M:tG cards, and my Milkman’s Workbench. Which will then add enough weight that if I never needed to, I could use this table for light duty woodworking.
You may be wondering: why paint the front edge of the table top? To hide the epoxy glue lines of two patches that filled in where there used to be dadoes, of course. Why else use paint if not to hide unsightly wood situations?
I bought an extra piece of 4/4 soft maple to laminate into a vise chop for the leg vise that shouldn’t be. I also have a plan for the type of vise hub to make and am thinking about going garter-less for this. There is already too much metal in this piece with about 15 brad nails and two slotted screws.
No need to push it.