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Mission Style Coffee Table with Tile Inset Top

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Project by Bob Areddy posted 11-23-2009 12:37 AM 9558 views 31 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table is one of my favorite projects that I’ve made. It consists of mahogany, walnut, ash, and ambrosia maple. I’m a fan of contrasting woods, as you can tell.

In addition, I wanted to really use it, so I figured that if I could put some tile in it, I wouldn’t have to worry about coasters. It’s worked well.

The tile is only held in with gravity so I can change the tiles anytime I wish (there are holes drilled through the top so I can easily poke it out from the bottom. Most of the top is made of plywood, with some mahogany glued (laminated, I supposed you could say), then edged with the walnut and maple.

The drawers are on oak runners and they ride in the middle of the drawer, which is great for preventing the drawers from tipping out.

So now fast forward 5 years after I completed this, and I decided I wanted to be able to lift the top up and toward the couch so I could use it as a tray, instead of sitting on the floor to eat (or getting tv trays). I looked around and they make top hinges, but they run about $180. Well, I’ve always wanted to learn how to weld, so I bought a Lincoln Arc Welder for $280 and made it myself. WORKS GREAT, and the way I made the runners really came into play in the design of the hinge, which I designed myself.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood





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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 01:24 AM

very nice,,I like the top…

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 02:25 AM

Nice looking coffee.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 02:34 AM

Nice job on the table i like the contrasting woods.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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shavins

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 02:44 AM

great idea well done!

-- shavins

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 03:08 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 03:18 AM

love everything about it! makes me want to build one similar =]

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RetiredCoastie

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#7 posted 11-23-2009 06:00 AM

Very nice table! Especially love the way you framed the tile, it make the piece come alive.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 11-23-2009 06:00 AM

Nice nice did I say NICE looks very cool top to bottom.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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nuzzo

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#9 posted 11-23-2009 03:05 PM

Really nice job. When you said the hinges cost $180, I figured your next comment was going to be that you salvaged a set from and old coffee table. But why even do that when you can make your own.

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RexMcKinnon

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#10 posted 11-23-2009 06:14 PM

Beautiful coffee table. Is it tippy with the top raised?

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

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#11 posted 11-23-2009 10:05 PM

way cool

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Bob Areddy

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#12 posted 11-23-2009 10:22 PM

No, it’s not tippy at all. The base is pretty beefy.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#13 posted 11-26-2009 07:33 AM

very cool design… well built too… I too am a big fan of the contrasting woods… they make almost every project stand out that much more… now pay attention to the following shipping details to get this thing to me safely…...... lol

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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punch

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#14 posted 12-15-2009 04:11 AM

rareddy, very very sweet table my friend…

-- Greg

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