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A friend of mine renovated his kitchen and gifted me his solid oak Ikea countertop. Our new giant covid couch has no where to place a drink. The only people that can place a drink are those sitting on the far ends. So I decided to make a C table.
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The countertop had a food safe hard wax finish. I cut it down to 12” wide then sent it through the planer to get it down to bare wood. I waterfalled the miter edges and strengthened it with dominos. I was going to leave it square but it needed some softening so I rounded everything off with the router.
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It works great as a regular end table as well. Finish is seal coat of shellac followed by 4 coats minwax oil wipe on poly and wax.
I have half a counter top left so I think I will make another one but this time I am going to give dying the oak a try. Maybe darken it up to a more walnut color.
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Nice. Just goes to show, don't throw anything away, it can usually be reused.
 

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That is great advice. I was a bit worried about it when I was building it but figured it wouldn't have much weight on it. The solid oak is heavy so its own weight could pull that joint apart. For the second one I will use a spline.
 

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That is great advice. I was a bit worried about it when I was building it but figured it wouldn't have much weight on it. The solid oak is heavy so its own weight could pull that joint apart. For the second one I will use a spline.
Or put braces in the joints.
 

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I'm a suspenders and belt kind of guy, so I'd use splines and braces. It's not too late to brace the joint with a square cut piece of oak glued and screwed into the top and sides.

That is a really nice piece, and a really practical solution.
 
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