It’s not all fine woodworking

There is something beautiful about the rhythm of hand tools and the careful, methodical pace of building fine furniture. There are also some times when you just need to make a thing that fills a purpose without all the romance.

A while back, my wife decided she was going to turn an old shed porch behind our house into a relaxing retreat to sit, have a cup of coffee and read a book. This is the kind of thing you need when you have three kids. The shed itself needed a coat of paint, but what really makes a little spot relaxing are the details.


We put some strings of lights on the ceiling, added a ceiling fan and a few chairs, but we still needed a good place to sit a couple cups of coffee.

You can buy coffee tables. I know that. But the maker in me always springs to life when a need like this presents itself. I had an old sheet metal base from a fire pit that rusted through, and a couple of 2 x 6’s in the workshop, so I got to work cutting and joining the boards into 32″ square panel.

I cut a circle out of the panel and cleaned the edges up with a drawknife and spokeshave.

A few coats of stain and acrylic clear coat (it’s outdoor furniture after all) and it was ready to go.

I made some white oak table buttons to join the top to the base and voila.


For a quick little project I’m pretty happy how this came out. Although, it’s pretty clear that we still need a rug to tie the room together.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. senrabc says:

    Looks great. Thanks for sharing. Now I wish I hadn’t tossed the old fire pit 😉


  2. Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

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  3. Well, there goes the name I was going to use for a post next week. It was actually called “Not Everything Needs to be Furniture-grade” and about shop furniture.


  4. Very sad to be late to the game on this one. I always enjoy a good Lebowski reference. I dig your style Dude.


  5. Matt says:

    That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


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