|Project by watermark||posted 04-21-2014 08:57 AM||1516 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
I made this coffee table as a wedding gift for my brother and his wife to be. The table is designed to be easily disassembled so I can take it to Australia and reassemble it there. The boards that make up the top are secured to trestles by sliding dovetail joints and then locked together with the bowtie inlays (last image). I drilled holes through the top under the bowties to tap them out from below. The legs are secured in place with pegged through tenons.
This was a very challenging project for me as it’s the first time I have used “traditional” joinery and the first time I have had a deadline to meet. Due to the time frame I had to do some things differently then I originally planed and was forced to settle for a finish I am not completely satisfied with. Originally I wanted to used pined tenons to secure the trestles to the legs but had to go with glued dowels to speed things up. I also purchased a HVLP gun to try out spray on lacquer but wasn’t able to get it working right so settled for waterborne poly.
Table top is book matched Mango salvaged from a lot where it was cut to make way for utility installation but not before the bugs go to it. Legs are also Mango left over from my dinning table project. The stretcher is Eucalyptus Robusta/Swamp Mahogany and the bowties are Ohia both are from my friends burn pile.
Finish is Deft waterborne poly.
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