Small Coffee Table with semi-concealed draw

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Project by wyeth posted 08-23-2009 04:50 AM 2496 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I promised my 23 year old Son and his Partner this as a Christmas/Birthday present and will be delivering it today.
It is figured Tasmanian Blackwood with Mackay Cedar legs. Mackay cedar is beautiful but deadly. I was warned but still suffered my first ever Asthma attack when first sanding the legs! I have just purchased a Triton Respirator on line as a consequence.
All the leg to apron joints use 2 Dominos making 12 dominos in all.
The drawer features hand cut dove-tails.
The top is held on with wooden cleats into grooves in the aprons. There are no screws between the top and support. The top is made up from 4 lengths – 2 pairs of bookmatched lengths after resawing on the bandsaw.
The timber came from the Brisbane Wood Show earlier this year in slab form. Some voids in the wood were filled with araldite coloured black using powdered artists pigment.
Some shallower defects were filled with sanding finish mixed with sawdust but this was rather slow drying.
I finished it with 4 coats of wiped on oil urethane mix using boiled linseed oil and gloss polyurethane reducing the oil content for each layer. The first layer included mineral turpentine and was a 1/3 each of turps oil and varnish.
The last layer would have been more like 75% varnish.
Finally I applied Canubra Wax with fine steel wool and then a buff after 5 minutes.
Point of interest—This project gave my new Torque Work Centre Multifunction Table its first workout. I live where they are manufactured and purchased it a week or two ago through degoose.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 04:54 AM

That looks great! Nice looking wood, too bad about the side effects.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 04:57 AM

Nice Table David looks super

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 04:58 AM

The table top came up swell, David. Remember I saw it before it was finished,LOL
Be careful of the Mackay Cedar.
Glad you are happy with the new Torque Work Centre.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 04:59 AM

Very elegant table – detailed enough for a craftsman to recognize the effort/design involved, but not overly ornate as to call too much attention to itself.


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#5 posted 08-23-2009 05:07 AM

very nice

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 05:21 AM

Thankyou gentlemen – now I am off to Brisbane to deliver.

-- David Australia

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 03:49 PM

The table came out great, I am sure they will love it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-25-2009 03:32 AM

very nice…that top has a nice shine and just great color…sorry about the asthma…scary stuff…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 02:43 PM

Isn’t that the name of a gold dragon from the “Dragon Riders of Pern”?

I love your table. Not familiar with the wood but it is beautiful.

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