Arts & Crafts Coffee Table - Two Flavours

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Project by senomozi posted 1733 days ago 3536 views 36 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These coffee tables are almost identical except for a few details and the wood species. One is made out of solid cherry. The other is white oak. Built in the Arts & Crafts style. The square holes in the top are echoed in the main stretcher below. Breadboard ends add stability and the five-facet tips add visual interest. In keeping with the philosophy behind the Arts & Crafts’ movement this piece is built with 48 mortise and tenon joints, four of which are through tenons connecting the arched stretchers to the legs. Ebony plugs on the cherry version have slightly rounded edges and protrude slightly from the adjacent surface. They are housed in shallow mortises. On the white oak version the plugs have been shaped like a pyramid, a detail that was reproduces in the main stretcher. The plugs on the cherry version actually hide screws that connect the breadboard end to the main piece of the top. Screws don’t hold very strongly in end grain so wooden plugs were glued in the top’s tenons to provide side grain for the screws to bite into. See last picture. On the white oak version I used wooden pegs driven from the underside to keep the breadboards and top tightly together. Finish for the cherry version is a wipe on satin polyurethane over a tinted Danish oil. For the white oak version I used aniline dye, followed by gel stain, followed by wipe on poly. Inspiration for this table came from a similar piece by Kevin Rodel featured in Fine Woodworking magazine #178.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 1733 days ago

very nice

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#2 posted 1733 days ago

Sweet. A lot nice details there. Well executed.


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#3 posted 1733 days ago

Hey Senomozi
This A&C coffee tables are very very nice with great details and shows a advanced level of workmanship beautiful in all aspects. great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1733 days ago

Very nice looking tables. Well done.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 1733 days ago

very well done

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#6 posted 1733 days ago

First rate craftsmanship, plenty of detailing. Please forward the cherry one my way…LOL…Blkcherry

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#7 posted 1733 days ago

Outstanding workmanship and design. I have a fair idea how much work you put into these…alot!
Your photos are very good too, just whats needed when you really want to show off your hard work.

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#8 posted 1733 days ago

Great job on the tables. Love craftsman furniture even looks like you have a little Greene and Greene influence in the tables.

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#9 posted 1733 days ago

I love this style. Very nice job.

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#10 posted 1733 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship!!! Great job, Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 1733 days ago

Fantastic. The more time I spend on this site looking at craftsmanship such as this the more inspired I become to continue learning and practicing. Thanks for keeping the fire alive.

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#12 posted 1733 days ago

Beautiful tables. I think I like the darker one better if I had to choose.

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#13 posted 1733 days ago

These are really quite nice. The details enhance a great design and great wood. Good stuff right there!

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#14 posted 1733 days ago

Very Nice! Love all the details.

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#15 posted 1733 days ago

Ditto, very nice! The piece by Kevin Rodel featured in Fine Woodworking magazine #178 – were they plans or just an illustration?

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