Guitar Pick Coffee Table

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Project by Lloyd Davies posted 1951 days ago 6106 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started getting into woodwork about 2 years ago as a hobby. This is the first significant project I have done that I designed and built 100% myself. It was commissioned by my wife who wanted a triangular coffee table. The shape has also been likened to a boomerang, guitar pick and a misshapened discus.

Top is 3/4” thick maple veneer, top edges are 7 layers of laminated walnut, top corners are pupleheart. Top and shelf is attached to the table with figure 8 metal table fasteners. Top was initially cut out with a jigsaw and then sanded with a rotary sander to get the edges nice and smooth.

Shelf is 1/2” thick maple veneer edged with purpleheart (only 1 thin layer).

Rails for top and shelf are walnut. Legs are claro walnut and are joined to the stiles/rails with Festool domino tenons. Triangle for the legs are 90 degrees, 32 degrees and 58 degrees.

Took many many hours to build; the laminated edges were 21 separate glue up sessions with a band clamp. Total glue up sessions were 28!!! Everything was completely finished 7/8 layers of water-based semi-gloss polyurethane, sanded with 400 grit between each layer before with the final glue up.

Update on Aug 17, 2009. I have since made a couple of matching side tables which are available for your viewing pleasure at

-- Northern California

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#1 posted 1951 days ago

Very nice table. Be cool to see a Fender logo inlaid into it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 1950 days ago

Nice design and execution. I like miles’ idea, although I’m guessing your wife would never go for it. :-)

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

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 1950 days ago

Very nice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 1950 days ago

Nicely done. Great inspiration for the shape.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#5 posted 1950 days ago

very unique design, we call the shape of the pick “tear-drop”.
Well done!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 1950 days ago

nicely done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 1950 days ago

VERY cool, the only thing that would have made it better would have been maybe some arched walnut endcaps to replace the straight cut purpleheart ones. But man that would have been a pain!


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#8 posted 1950 days ago

Nice Design well built,looks good

-- Custom furniture

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Tom Goodman

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#9 posted 1950 days ago

Great job on this. I really like it. Reminds me of a Ouija board planchette (you know, That part that you and your friends move around on a Ouija board with your finger tips) I don’t know why, I haven’t played that game for over 35 years.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#10 posted 1950 days ago

What a great looking table!

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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Lloyd Davies

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#11 posted 1949 days ago

Thanks all for your kind comments.

-- Northern California

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#12 posted 1948 days ago

Awesome table, I like the guitar pick idea. Looks great!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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Lloyd Davies

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#13 posted 1947 days ago

Actually the guitar pick idea was just a name, after the fact. The request was just for some kind of triangular table.

-- Northern California

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#14 posted 1929 days ago

I think you’ve gone where no Triangle has gone before ! This is a beautiful table and the design is great : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 1910 days ago

I love the table. Too bad the guitar pick came after the idea, but it’s great anyway.

-- Janice

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