My “first” project

imageAs I mentioned in my last post I have always enjoyed working with my hands. I hadn’t done and true carpentry until recently though. 

What started all of this was a friend asked if I could build a sofa arm table for her. She lives in a tiny studio and doesn’t have space for a coffee table, but wanted a place to put a cup and book while on the couch (okay technically she still wants this… I’m just slow at building it).

Here’s the site she sent me with the idea.

I liked the idea, but the design bothered me, a lot. It isn’t an elegant design; It’s just three pieces of wood held together with some brackets, which causes gaps between the pieces, and just overall looks ugly to me.

After some thought I decided it would look great with some dovetail joints. The only problem is I had no idea how to make dovetail joints.

Four months later my friend still doesn’t have her table, but I’ve learned a lot and I think in another week or two I’ll be ready to give it a try.

2 thoughts on “My “first” project

  1. Dovetail joints would be a great change to this! However, the original version that I made doesn’t use brackets, just wood glue, so you shouldn’t be able to see any gaps as long as you use a few good clamps while gluing. You can also use a table saw to miter the edges to create a 45-degree angle instead of straight cuts… it depends on whether you’re using scrap wood (like I did) or how much time you plan on putting into the project. Lots of luck on your version!

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for the response. I don’t have access to a table saw, although I have been thinking about getting a miter saw box.

      I actually just finished the project, I even inlaid a piece of marble in it for a cup of tea. Once I post the project on the site I’ll let you know, it would be great to get your feedback!

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