|Project by John||posted 07-15-2014 08:26 PM||3291 views||13 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a floating top coffee table I made for my wife. Our current coffee table is very old, and very, very beat up. It has been passed down several times, and while its actually pretty nice, its age is showing. It also doesn’t fit in with the decor of the house. So it was decided that my next project would be a coffee table.
The base is made of walnut, and the top is tiger maple. Following the Wood Whisperers lead, I dyed the top before re sanding and finishing with Arm R Seal satin. The base is also finished with Arm R Seal satin.
This is my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery completely cut by hand. Its a little trickier than the experts make it look. :) I also attempted at smoothing the top with hand planes, but the tiger maple proved to be too difficult due to my lack of experience. I defaulted to the random orbital sander to get a smooth top. I am happy to say most of walnut is smoothed by plane, and it turned out pretty nice. I have been switching my focus to using more hand tools, and while I’ll never completely abandon my power tools, I enjoy the calming effect of working wood by hand rather than electric motor.
I seem to bite off a little more than I can chew with each project I undertake, but I feel it motivates me to keep learning and stretching my capabilities. Thanks for looking, and be safe out there.
-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...