Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by Matt posted 08-05-2015 10:53 PM 1730 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago, my younger brother and I cut down a cherry tree on our family’s property in New York. This is the first project I’ve made from that lumber; it’s a simple coffee table designed by my fiance and me and is for our first home together.

The top portion is made from four boards, two of which are bookmatched to create what looks like a face in the center. These boards had some large bark inclusions, which I filled with black epoxy. The breadboards are joined to the table by tongue & groove, mortise & tenon, and pegs. There are four M&Ts on each side, only the middle two are glued. The joint is a bit gappy along the edge but I am pleased with the result.

Two of the legs also show some interesting color. I didn’t have much straight-grained lumber to use on these so i decided to use pieces that are at least nice to look at. The aprons have a simple rounded chamfer, partially for looks and partially to keep peoples’ shins from banging up on them. The top and base are joined with button mortises/shrinkage buttons.

The finish is Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss.

Overall, I’m very proud of this project. It took around three months to make, with time spent sweating in the shop every day after work. There are some hiccups here and there (the fiance tells me I need to stop pointing out the defects of everything I build), but I think the wood is beautiful and the construction is sturdy. This table is special to me because of where the lumber is from and because we cut the tree ourselves. I live close to a thousand miles away from that land now, so it feels really good to have a part of that forest in my home.

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 11:22 PM

Well done Matt. Good looking table. Cherry is my go to wood. Listen to your fiancé.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 11:36 PM

Lovely table. I especially like the bookmatching in the top.

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 12:19 AM

Real nice; I like the bark inclusions and mineral streaks which give the table its natural look.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 04:53 PM

Very nice, my wife says the same thing haha

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 07:11 PM

nice job

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#6 posted 08-07-2015 12:30 AM

As has already been stated – listen to your fiance. This coffee table has character, excellent build.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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