3 M coffee table

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Project by ROY53 posted 11-10-2009 05:50 PM 2387 views 8 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You may be wondering what a 3 M coffee table is. My wife told me she wanted a new coffee table and showed me a picture of a mission style coffee table, (with an $800 price tag). Hence the first “M”. In true Lumberjocks tradition I said “I can make that”. I have observed that a common trait among LJ’s is “fiscal conservatism”. So I told myself, “I’m not going to spend any money on this project.” Since I have a good bit of wood that we harvested from our yard I thought this to be doable. (See my Saddle Stools project for details) Therefore”M #2 “No Money”. The third M was simply a personal challenge. This project contains no metal. Not a nail, brad, staple, nail or screw. Mortise and tenon joinery with false tenons. Oak drawer slides. BTW, the birch drawer material was given to me. :-) The finish is boiled linseed oil and wax over a mix of golden oak and gunstock min-wax stain. I spent about 18 days on this project.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 05:53 PM

That is nice. Drawers are so useful on a coffe table. Great for hiding remotes and other stuff when guests come over.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 05:57 PM

18 days well spent! Great looking table, ya done good!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 06:05 PM

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 06:12 PM

Nice! No metal thats is dedication as well as impressive.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 06:23 PM

Well done!

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

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 06:27 PM

How is top held on, and is there a way for the top to expand? Did you use dowels, splines or biscuits in top?

-- Steve, Gainesville, Fl

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 06:33 PM

Very nice and well done…

-- David '65

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 06:37 PM


I held the top on with threaded dowels I made. I made allowance for expansion. No dowels biscuits or splines.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 07:07 PM

I love the table, and the 3Ms. This could be a challenge idea for a future contest. Only use the wood on hand and create a piece. Just a idea.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 07:33 PM

Sweet, very nice table

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 07:38 PM

Nice project and using home grown lumber is a big plus.

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 08:37 PM


-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 08:37 PM

Most excellent!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 09:13 PM

Nice coffee table.

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 09:56 PM

You made it to my favorites folder, good job….....How about shooting us the plans for that?

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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