Partition Top Coffee Table

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Project by J Azuma posted 05-12-2014 01:33 AM 1069 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table while in grad school at the Dartmouth Woodworking Shop with lots of help from instructors Greg and Dudley. The legs and frame are cherry, the top is MDF with a maple veneer on the bottom and a cherry veneer on the top with cherry banding. When I designed it I had no idea how complex the measurements were going to be to get everything to fit together correctly. Or how many methods I would need to employ to get it to work, ie: mortise and tenons, rabbets, dados, miters, and vacuum bagging to name a few. I had built a stereo cabinet in high school shop but this was my first real woodworking project. It turned out beautifully…now if I can ever afford a big enough house for it to properly fit in I’ll be a happy man. Its big, 60×39x20.

-- J Azuma

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 02:06 AM

That looks great. I’d be interested in seeing pictures of it with all the top pieces totally removed and a picture from underneath. Just to see how you put it together.

-- Dale

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 08:22 AM

That’s very cool.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 10:48 AM

Very cool coffee table…excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 02:34 PM

Thanks guys. Here are a few more pictures for Dale. The top is supported by an interlocking internal set of joists. The bottom doesn’t reveal much because a 1/2” sheet of maple plywood was installed under the joists concealing them and providing for the bottom of the storage spaces.

-- J Azuma

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 01:19 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thank For Posting!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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