Black walnut floating top coffee table

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Project by Junado posted 66 days ago 1859 views 38 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table I made as a gift for my younger brother, who has just bought his first home. It is made from solid black walnut, with some maple and purpleheart accents. The design was heavily inspired from the floating Ouija table by Alex at . I loved the floating top and the legs, but went another direction with the design of the top.

Legs and stretchers are either standard mortise and tenons (in the legs) or through mortise and tenons (at each end). The table top and box is built how I would build a small cabinet: dovetails in corners, mortise and tenons where it meets the top. The whole top sits on the stretchers and is aligned with mortise and tenons on the small maple blocks you can see in the third picture. Those aren’t glued in, rather they are held in place with a short threaded rod and a nut. This allows the top to be disassembled from the legs for easier transport.

Finish is two coats of danish oil (soaked and wet sanded) and then three coats of wipe-on semi-gloss polyurethane, sanded in between coats and final rubbing done with 0000 steel wool for a smooth surface.

Photo 1: Viewed from the front, the middle section here is a drawer. Compartments on each side of the drawer are open on both ends to store things within hands reach.

Photo 2: From the back. The maple panel is only glued at the bottom and floating in a groove under the top. It closes off the back of the drawer compartment.

Photo 3: From the side, love this view and the way the curves of the legs flow into the table top. All hand cut dovetails for the carcass, lots of work but so worth it in the end.

Photo 4: Hand dovetailed drawer. Purpleheart accent on each ends of the drawer front. The half pins are a little small on the top, a consequence of leaving too much extra and then fitting the drawer once fully assembled. First wood on wood drawer, live and learn !

-- Julien

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#1 posted 66 days ago

Very nice work. Looks great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 66 days ago

I really dig it. Great looking piece.

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#3 posted 66 days ago

Solid looking piece and design. Lots of cool touches on this one.

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#4 posted 66 days ago

Awesome table!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#5 posted 66 days ago

Great looking table, nice work

-- paul burchell

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#6 posted 66 days ago

Beautifully designed and executed! Your brother will enjoy this for many decades!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 66 days ago

Beautiful design and well crafted project, thanks for sharing!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 66 days ago

Great execution. Favorited.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#9 posted 66 days ago

Nice job – well done.


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#10 posted 66 days ago

Wow, that’s a beautiful table! I’m sure your brother is going to love it!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 66 days ago

This really shows off your skills. Great job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#12 posted 65 days ago

Excellent job and I’m glad you avoided that confounded demon infestation at your brother’s new house by leaving out the Ouija board.

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#13 posted 65 days ago

Beautiful table, really well made, excellent joinery and I really like the legs design….. Excellent piece of furniture, great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#14 posted 65 days ago

this is really nice!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 65 days ago

Great work, impressive from every perspective

-- Dreaming patterns

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