Earlier this summer I decided I wanted to give a pretty beat-up coffee table of mine a new top. It had been a tag-sale find that my parents picked up when I was a kid. When they got it, the piece was really wobbly, so my dad had reinforced it and attached wooden feet beneath the iron base. I think the metal part of the table was from one of those old sewing tables, and the top was a bread board with a hole at one end for a hook.
Next, I got the table ready for this project by gluing and screwing down a thick sheet of birch plywood so my pieces would have a smooth, flat surface to adhere to.
On this piece, I found center and drew a line that the peak of the herringbone would follow. I used a square to help keep my pattern on track as I glued each stick down, piece by piece with thinned out carpenter's glue.
The edges proved to be annoying, but luckily I was working on this project at my parents' house, and my dad was able to trim the edges with a circular saw. I bought an extra fine saw blade for this project so the thin wood wouldn't split. All that was left on the top in this picture was the corners and a few tiny pieces. The table stayed like this for over a month while I went away on vacation' came back, and did some other projects.
Finally, this weekend, I almost-finished this project. I glued and clamped down these tiny pieces, cut some trim/edging to cover up the sides of the tabletop, and stained everything. The top is stained Golden Oak, and for the sides I used English Chestnut stain that was leftover in the basement. Tomorrow I hope to give the thing a coat of polyurethane and call it done!