Live Edged, Spalted Maple Slab Coffee Table #3: Base Construction

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Blog entry by JamesVavra posted 09-15-2011 04:50 AM 3171 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The base was pretty straight forward: it’s 16” x 16” x 8” and the hole on the inside is 8” x 8” It’s all made from 3/4” MDF. I really hate working with MDF, but the extra weight and the smooth surface are perfect for this project.

I attached a piece of scrap 2x yellow pine to the bottom of the slab. The base will slip on to this scrap and be screwed off. The below photo shows the assembly – minus one of the outside faces of the base so that the structure is apparent – flipped upside down:

And here’s one right side up with the outside face:

The hole was rough cut to size and then trimmed with a flush trim router bit once assembled. Currently, it sits in the workshop waiting on the putty to dry in the counter sunk screw holes. In retrospect, I should have used a brad nailer – it would have been a lot quicker to fill and Norm would have approved, I’m sure.

And still, these photos make the base look smaller than it really is. It’s 1/3 of the total width and does not seem undersized in person, but the pictures make it seem too small.


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#1 posted 09-15-2011 04:51 AM

And yes, it is sitting on top of my trashcan in that first photo. What can I say: it was convenient at the time.


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#2 posted 09-15-2011 04:20 PM

I’m digging this, James. It’s got a very strong asian feel to it. That’s not typically a style I’m drawn to, but I really do like this piece.

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 11:36 PM

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