Cherry coffee table

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Project by Pitt posted 1895 days ago 1584 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coffee table for one of my daughters. Cherry with maple/walnut accent. The finish gave my trouble, but settled on one coat of Tried and True Varnish Oil followed by 5 coats of Behlen’s rockhard varnish (rubbed) and a coat of wax

The legs seem a little thick to me – any suggestions are welcome.

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114 posts in 2055 days

#1 posted 1895 days ago

I really like the shape of the top and the skirt. I don’t think the legs are too thick, I just think you mave have gone a little too far with the taper. Overall though I don’t even look at the legs because of the amazing look of the top. Great job!

-- Patrick

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270 posts in 1934 days

#2 posted 1895 days ago

The whole thing looks really sturdy, and I like the sheen on the surface. I really like the maple/walnut accent!

Did you have any issues with the Tried and True regarding drying time / tackiness? It is a varnish I’ve wanted to try, but read that it can be tricky.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings -

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179 posts in 1965 days

#3 posted 1895 days ago

Beautiful table…Great job… Leave the legs alone…LOL… Your daughter will love it…

-- Happy and safe woodworking,

View Pitt's profile


32 posts in 2432 days

#4 posted 1895 days ago

Thanks very much. I really like tried and true. – primarily b/c I have no trouble with fumes and it forces me to be a little more patient with my finishing (see below). It does take longer to cure and I seem to do better with rubbed finishes than brushed finishes at this stage. I had a lot more trouble with the varnish, and ended up sanding this one back down to bare wood after about 5 coats of T&T and 2 coats of brushed on varnish.

My biggest problem with finishing is that I want to “finish the project”. This doesn’t lead to a good outcome in most cases, and waiting a couple of days between coats makes me take a step back and put as much thought into the finish as I do into the building. As a rookie I’m learning that the finishing makes a bigger impact on the outcome than all the measuring and cutting.

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389 posts in 2677 days

#5 posted 1895 days ago

Great project. Great craftsmanship and as others have said the top is outstanding.

-- F.Little

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2531 posts in 2582 days

#6 posted 1895 days ago

I think you really got the proportions right with this table. I love the pinstripe accent…I do that allot in my work! The legs are beefy but in a good way not a bad way. I really like it. What kind of joinery did you use to connect the apron to the legs?
You have to be patient when finishing, I have found. Whenever you rush it or are anxious to “finish” then thats when you make mistakes and it doesn’t come out as nice…


View a1Jim's profile


112010 posts in 2202 days

#7 posted 1895 days ago

Hey Pitt
This is one nice table I really like the accents, great design and fine build well done.

-- Custom furniture

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15683 posts in 2843 days

#8 posted 1895 days ago

Great table! I love the accents on the top.

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

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114 posts in 1953 days

#9 posted 1895 days ago

I’m with PGreene, I don’t think the legs are too thick at all. I like the curved edges of the ends of the top. Is the arc of the skirt sides and the ends of the top the same?

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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Todd Thomas

4969 posts in 2074 days

#10 posted 1895 days ago

table looks great… really like the top shape and accent…I think the legs look fine and they really make it look solid/sturdy

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

View CreekWoodworker's profile


409 posts in 1923 days

#11 posted 1895 days ago

Nice looking Table. The legs look great.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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18615 posts in 2786 days

#12 posted 1895 days ago

that is so beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark Davisson

483 posts in 1942 days

#13 posted 1895 days ago

Here’s my suggestion: GET OVER IT!!! The table looks great as-is! :)

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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13337 posts in 2298 days

#14 posted 1895 days ago

Nice looking coffee table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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