Zebrawood and Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by Vodo posted 07-06-2014 04:47 AM 2171 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making several projects for other people as gifts, I decided to do my first “bigger” project for myself. I had purchased some zebrawood a couple years ago when I first started this hobby, and I had been saving it until I knew I was competent enough to put it to good use. This is my 5th “project” if you don’t count any shop furniture.

I also had purchased some nice walnut at the time, not knowing what it would be good for. I think the 2 compliment each other very well.

I used techniques I have learned by watching David Marks and the Woodworks series, as well as from TWW. 2 of the jigs I used were from WWFMM. (I can use these acronyms around here and people know what I’m talking about.)

The drawers are push-to-open from Salice Futura. I tried Blum first, but all 3 slides I ordered were broken by the time they shipped to me, so I decided to try someone else. This was the first project that I tried using drawer slides. This was also the first time doing splines, miter cutting the “frame” for the top, and using pore filler. I used Timbermate pore filler for the walnut and zebrawood. The top was 3 coats of tung oil and 6 coats of shellac. The plywood parts were stained with minwax dark walnut stain. The walnut was pore filled, tung oil and then wipe-on poly.

Overall, I’m very happy with the results. Comments welcome. Thank you guys!

-- AKA vodo. I belong in a blue state.

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 08:56 AM

I like it. The design is very clean cut, The choice of woods is really nice and the craftsmanship is super evident.

I am building a coffee table now from Beetle Kill Pine. Hope it turns out as well as yours has. How have you attached the top to the skirts?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 09:40 AM

I attached the top with figure 8’s in 6 places. I wanted more, but once the drawers were done and such, there was not any room under there to attach everyone I wanted. That’s OK though. Not going to be moving it by pulling on the top. Even if I do, I think it won’t rip out or anything. Made me wish I had one of those snaking screwdrivers, or a 90 degree one.

Hey! More tools on the wish list!

-- AKA vodo. I belong in a blue state.

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 12:13 PM

Classy looking piece. Nice combination.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 02:13 PM

great looking piece! – nice to tackle a project for yourself every now and then

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 03:51 PM

I really like the wood combination. Nice choices. You should be proud. It looks great!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 07-06-2014 04:15 PM

nice design along with an attractive wood combination = a very nice coffee table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 07-06-2014 04:57 PM

You did a really nice job on this table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 07-07-2014 03:02 AM


-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 06:31 PM

Very nice, great design and lovely lines thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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