Cherry and Glass Coffee Table

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Project by Bob O'Brien posted 10-13-2008 02:03 AM 1686 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following up on the cherry end table I posted three months ago, this coffee table uses the same design features, but scales them to the larger but shorter table. The holes in the aprons are increased to 1 inch, and the aprons are 3 inches high; the number of holes is increased to 5; and the legs are increased to 2½ inch stock.

The idea here is to have a glass-topped table so the beauty of the oriental rug will not be covered up; but instead of the traditional approach of insetting the glass top in a wood frame, I extended the solids between the apron holes up above a flange to support the glass at its midpoints along the edges, giving it a floating effect. The glass is 3/8 inch thick with polished edges and pencil-round corners.

The corner details of the flange are based on the pinned miter detail described in issue 200 of Fine Woodworking . My flanges are much wider than the members in the article, and I had to cut the mortises at my drill press with a Forstner bit. This is a difficult joint to make, and although I am happy with how it turned out, it took a good deal of fine tuning to make it work.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 02:34 AM

fantastic looking table Bob, nice work!
the extra work that went into those miter joints was well worth the effort.

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 02:36 AM

It turned out great. Neat and clean joinery.
I like the idea of “floating glass”. It makes cleaning so handy.

Great job Bob.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 05:37 AM

Yes, the raised top with the supports coming up with hollows, cool. Like it! Allows the viewer the ability to see the beautiful workmanship.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 02:28 PM

Beautiful Table. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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