Coffee Table

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Project by Jake posted 04-27-2009 11:01 PM 1326 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most recent project was a coffee table for my wife. I made this with joinery only. No glue, nails or screws except for the drawer slides. After reading books on Japanese joinery techniques I wanted to attempt to make something without the help of nails, screws or glue. I used mostly wedges to lock everything in place. I am pleased with the final project but it was very time consumming. I do not have a mortiser so I chiseled everything by hand. It was a fun learning project. The finished stain is Espresso with polyurethane clear coat. The dimensions are 36” sq., 18” tall.

-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 11:18 PM

Nice coffee table!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 11:48 PM

Great tables!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 12:05 AM


-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 02:15 AM

Hey, this is great. Looks very oriental to me.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 02:43 AM

Impressive no glue ! nice finish good all around.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 05:33 AM

Awesome! I love the idea of a coffee table with a drawer.

You’ve got me interested in checking out some books on Japanese joinery. Is there a particular book you recommend?

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#7 posted 07-30-2010 05:43 AM

Woodworking Nirvana


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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