Arts & Crafts - Living room tables #2: Coffee table - mostly done

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 09-07-2011 12:25 PM 2510 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The plans Part 2 of Arts & Crafts - Living room tables series Part 3: Legs and support assembled and glued up »

My 16-year old son built this Arts and Crafts coffee table almost completely on his own. He built it from plans. We did minor parts together. I stained and he wiped the stain to get consistent finish between the pieces.

The plans do not have a tile top so we did some improvising. He made through tenons and a frame for the top. We had to do some improvising since things didn’t line up exactly on the top since the tenons were so long. In the end, we cut the tenons shorter and used plugs on the exposed side. Worked well.

I struggled for a while on what base to put the tile on, and remembered I had a partial sheet of 1/2” hardibacker from when we did the laundry room floor. He cut it up and we mounted the hardibacker to the base. Should be more stable than a plywood base (hopefully).

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 12:37 PM

very nice table I like the mosaic top.


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#2 posted 09-07-2011 01:05 PM

I do too. I’m planning on doing something similar using iridescent glass tiles normally used in kitchen back splashes I’m thinking green and blue shades of iridescent tile in a walnut table .

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 01:21 PM

I am really proud of my son. He does nice work. It’s dirty in the picture so it doesn’t photograph as nice as it looks in person. We still need to do some more spar varnish.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 04:28 AM

That’s a good job.

It looks like you’re going have to sit down and have “the talk” with him. You know, the talk about who gets to use the workshop when and about cleaning up afterwards (and maybe also before if you’re really lucky).

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 12:15 AM

The tile top adds a lot of personality to the table that the original Rockler plans lack. I love seeing other materials than wood incorporated into furniture, and seeing people push the envelope from the traditional to the mixed medium. You and your son did a great job.

-- J.R.Portman, New Orleans,

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