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Mitre Plan Coffee Table – Kevin Farrell

Mitre Plan Coffee Table – Kevin Farrell

Mitre Plan Coffee Table – Kevin Farrell

Mitre Plan Coffee Table – Kevin Farrell

Mitre Plan Coffee Table – Kevin Farrell

Of all the projects that Kevin undertakes he enjoys working with timber the best. Today Mitre 10 has provided a Mitre plan that is simple and straightforward even for a beginner.

You won’t need a lot of timber for this job. Inexpensive Radiata Pine will more than suffice. All the timber is available at Mitre 10 and they will even cut it to size if you ask.

Now that you have your timber, first you need to butt join the two wide boards (240x19mm) together and to do that we used timber dowels to provide us with a very strong and accurate joint.

Dowelling is best done with a doweling jig. We used one from the Supercraft range.
Start by marking the timber approx 250mm apart for each dowel position.
Then position your dowelling jig on the mark with the ‘V’ facing the top or finished side of the tabletop.
Wrap a piece of masking tape around the drill bit to mark the correct depth for the dowel hole then drill all the holes.

Using Selleys Aquadhere fill the dowel holes and evenly spread the glue on both surfaces to be joined.
The dowels are best purchased pre-cut & fluted rather than cut dowel rod into small pieces.

Hammer the dowels into the holes and using a rubber mallet hammer the two pieces together. For the perfect joint use sash clamps to squeeze the two pieces together with one clamp under the timber and one on top to stop any twisting and keep the two boards flat.

Using the same dowelling method, join the rails and the legs positioning the rails in the centre of the leg to create a quirk and hide any inconsistencies.

A tip when marking out these joints to ensure accuracy is to nail a panel pin 5-6mm proud of the surface where the dowels go on the leg.
Cut off the nail heads and this will mark each rail the same when it is held in position and pressed onto the nails thus giving you the drill position for each hole.
Before you assemble the rails and legs it is much easier to sand the pieces in preparation for finishing.
Glue and dowel the pieces ensuring that there are no twists or ‘out of square’ sections.

After the glue has dried on the tabletop sand it to finish stage.
Take the assembled legs and drill slightly oversize screw holes at an angle through the rails.
Position both assemblies together and screw ensuring the screws don’t go through the top surface.




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