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Project by NikBrown posted 07-29-2015 01:01 AM 2239 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished the coffee table I’ve been working on for the basement this morning! A rustic arts and crafts style with a bit of Asian / Greene & Greene influence. Made out of black walnut.

This was supposed to be a super quick project… But I couldn’t resist throwing in some exposed joinery and a little bit of a live edge (I figure I have to look at this coffee table for probably the rest of my life, I may as well throw in some design features that make me happy).

My 2 year old really loves her Legos and their home seems to have landed in the basement, since its summer and it’s nice and cool down there and we just finished remodeling it. I worked in some hidden storage, and a play surface. When she graduates from Duplos to Legos all I have to do is undo 6 screws and flip the play surface.

-- http://digitalwoodworker.com/ - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.





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MNclone

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 01:24 AM

That is fantastic. Certainly the most beautiful lego table I’ve ever seen.

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 05:35 AM

Wish I had a table like this when I was a kid!
Great work and the joints are really eye catching!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 11:43 AM

Gorgeous build! Your a brave man to set a 2 year-old loose on it with Legos though! :)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 11:44 AM

Gorgeous build! Your a brave man to set a 2 year-old loose on it with Legos though! :)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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NikBrown

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#5 posted 07-29-2015 11:53 AM

That’s why it’s “rustic”... if I call it rustic from the start then i wont mind so much when it accumulates a lot of dents :)


Gorgeous build! Your a brave man to set a 2 year-old loose on it with Legos though! :)

- HokieKen

-- http://digitalwoodworker.com/ - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 12:35 PM

With or without the lego’s that is a beautiful coffee table. Adding the lego set up is a nice touch.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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toddbeaulieu

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 03:36 PM

That looks awesome, both in design and execution.

Can you talk a little about wood movement? I always feel like I don’t have a good handle on the ins and outs of designing for it. I see that you mortised the ends into the breadboard and I don’t see any provision for movement.

Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 05:04 PM

Functional and beautiful. Well done.

-- - The most recognized name in all of recorded history was worn by a woodworker.

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 08:04 PM

Very nice looking table, great job on the details.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 07-29-2015 09:04 PM

I totally cheated there…. its only a 6” wide tenon so I probably could have gotten away it and not had too many wood movement issues… but in reality the real tenon only goes about 1/2 way through the breadboard. The “ends” you see sticking out are false tenons there just for design details. (and as you can guess one of the “pins” on each of the corners is also false.) Sorry to disappoint you.

The through tenons on the bottom stretcher are real…. but the ones on the table top are faked.


That looks awesome, both in design and execution.

Can you talk a little about wood movement? I always feel like I don t have a good handle on the ins and outs of designing for it. I see that you mortised the ends into the breadboard and I don t see any provision for movement.

Thanks for posting.

- toddbeaulieu

-- http://digitalwoodworker.com/ - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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Gary

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#11 posted 07-30-2015 01:35 AM

Superb table; really superb.

-- Gary, Florida

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Gary

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#12 posted 07-30-2015 01:40 AM

Superb table; really superb.

-- Gary, Florida

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#13 posted 07-31-2015 07:40 PM

How resourceful. That is fantastic to have such an attractive table with a fun purpose.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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toddbeaulieu

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#14 posted 07-31-2015 08:00 PM

Nik, I don’t think you cheated at all, I love how creative you were with that solution! I might steal that idea on a project.

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