|Project by Junado||posted 06-16-2014 05:10 PM||4072 views||46 times favorited||24 comments|
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 http://alexbuildsthings.com/2011/09/20/floating-ouija-coffee-table/ . 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 !