Jens Risom inspired coffee table

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Project by Javed Akhtar posted 06-27-2015 06:07 AM 1794 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an idea for a long time to build a coffee table based on a Jens Risom design from 1959. I really like the way the top appears to float above the frame. My version is made with maple as it’s plentiful and relatively affordable in this part of the country. I lowered it a bit to make it feel a bit more casual and added a rail in the centre for additional support in case anyone decides to sit on it.

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 01:27 PM

nice build

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 02:00 PM

Very attractive piece Javad. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 04:00 PM

Very, very nice. I really like the floating top.

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#4 posted 06-28-2015 12:49 AM

Great looking coffee table! I too like the floating top!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 06-28-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone – I had a lot of fun building it!

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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