No straight edge design challenge coffee table

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Project by barada83 posted 02-26-2015 06:23 PM 1446 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a coffee table design and build challenge I gave myself after considering the safety of a new baby and their propensity to injure themselves on furniture. The other option was to wrap the existing store bought one in foam, but I enjoy challenges that let me play in my shop :) So I designed and built this one of a kind utilizing all kinds of new skills and techniques.

Skills – Steambending walnut for the solid walnut edge, bent lamination for the legs, veneer vacuum pressing the top and legs.

The legs were really fun to figure out, I had to work how to create the bending and twisting in all three planes. The combination of the bends and the angles give the table a living and moving appearance, and to my primary goal, a bit of bounce for the toddler’s head. Edges are all softened by roundover – router for the top and spokeshave and rasp for the legs.

I used rosewood and walnut burl for the top. The rosewood have very nice straight grain to bring to life the sunburst design and the quadmatched walnut burl gives another level of interest. The legs are veneered in Timburana that really pops with the curves.

Finished with Rockhard varnish on top and poly on the legs and apron. 40 hour project.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 09:56 PM

love this table ,great build and design ,just beautiful

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 10:03 PM

Love it! Great job..

-- Tomy Hovington

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 10:12 PM

Awesome design and work! I think I’ll get rid of my straight edge too ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 12:19 AM

Looks really nice.


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#5 posted 02-27-2015 02:06 AM

very cool coffee table

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 02-27-2015 02:28 AM

Very nice table what kind of wood you used.are the table legs made of wood or something else

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#7 posted 02-27-2015 04:47 AM

Incredible unique design, those legs are great, awsome work on this table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-27-2015 01:30 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

@Avimaelwoodworking – The legs are formed from 1/8 bendable plywood laminated and then veneered. It I were to do it again, I would likely put in only 2 plies of that and opt for fiberglass or carbon fiber for the main core just to increase the strength.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 02-27-2015 05:34 PM

Very cool. Looks good too.


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