Mission Style Coffee Table

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Project by redrobinhood posted 03-04-2009 08:34 PM 1425 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second on many projects that I have done since I lost my wife in November. I used standard 16” ceramic tiles for the top. If I ever get tired of the earthtones I can change out the tiles to whatever colors are available. Also – no coasters needed for those cod icey drinks. Currently working on a sofa table to match – using 12” tiles on that one. Hope you enjoy. I really do appreciate all the postings on this site. Gives an old man something to do on those cold winter days. Thanks to you all for sharing your projects. The Redrobinhood!

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#1 posted 03-04-2009 08:39 PM

Another great piece.

I’m curious about why you chose to use sliightly wider boards on two sides instead of just making the table perfectly square.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-04-2009 08:53 PM

That is a great idea.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 03-04-2009 09:01 PM

Very nice piece. I like the idea of using tiles, especially on a piece of furniture like this.

I’m also curious about the different widths on the top. I think it looks good but it did sort of take me by surprise.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#4 posted 03-04-2009 09:04 PM

Needed to make the table slightly longer in one dimension for the front of the sofa. Corner detail with one side longer was my own design and in rela life is quite pleasing. Gets great reveiws from my house guests. Using the same design on a sofa table. Allows for the manipulation of the dimensions to attain the desired size.

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#5 posted 03-04-2009 09:28 PM

Nice job. I like the finish.

I have been thinking of something like this on a smaller scale for a plant stand. Using 4” tiles instead of larger ones. Did you glue/grout the tiles or are they just sitting on the substrate?


-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#6 posted 03-04-2009 09:31 PM

nice. i also like the use of the tiles. very clever. also, your entertainment center is sweet too. how did you finish these pieces, and did you use ply or glued up panels for the TV stand?

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#7 posted 03-04-2009 09:33 PM

I hope you didn’t think I was implying there was anything wrong with the way it looks. I was just wondering if there was a special reason other than adding a few inches. (I come here to steal good ideas, you know!)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-04-2009 09:55 PM

The is great, the tiles really work with it.

-- Andy Stark

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#9 posted 03-05-2009 12:07 AM

I like the way it looks too. I saw an article in FWW where a guy used a similar corner miter…I do not remember why he did it, maybe to add something on the bottom because it seems that it was a vertical piece, but you did a good job on it.

-- jstegall

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#10 posted 03-05-2009 12:51 AM

THanks guys for the comments – The tiles just lay in the recessed areas and are removable (hole from below) by pushing them up and out. Spills will be easier to clean up should they happen. The finish is Minwax Special Walnut stain with Minwax wipe on poly. Both applied in two coats. That wipe on poly is the best new product I have tried in a long time. Great product – you can’t screw it up!! Used the wipe on due to our cold and foggy, damp weather here in central California. Wood was purchase from the local do it yourself home improvement center. Thanks again for your comments.

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