walnut and tiger maple coffee table

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Project by alexsutula posted 01-15-2010 07:13 AM 3554 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table marks the beginning of my efforts to become a professional woodworker. IT was the showcase piece at my first art show to advertise my presence in the community. I wanted to design a piece using contrasting woods to breakaway from the mainstream furniture market. I knew I wanted a maple top framed with walnut. But I couldn’t stop there, the piece wouldn’t balance correctly and it was going to look awkward. I had to incorporate more maple with out over loading it. So I added the arches on the front, back, and sides. There was still something missing in the middle. I framed the drawer fronts with 1/8” strips of maple. And of course I didn’t want those miters to open up and ruin my top so I used maple splines to reenforce the miters. In the end I accomplished my goal of a balanced two-toned piece of furniture.

Part of a set, this coffee table has a book-matched laminated tiger maple top framed with walnut and splined corners. The pulls are shop made (modified design from a recent FWW article) mounted to the drawer fronts with 3/8” brass pins. Figuring out the angle of the mortise and tennons on the arcs was a bitch and a half but worked out well. Finish is 8 coats of medium rub spray on lacquer. My first time using a HVLP spray gun, it was a bit intimidating but I am pleased with the result.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 07:18 AM

Very nice work Alex very cool lines and good build. welcome to LJs.

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 07:23 AM

Wow. Really clean and pretty. Absolute head turner. Stunning!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 02:40 PM

This is another gorgeous table, Alex.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 02:42 PM

Very nice job, nice clean lines. I love lacquer, vs brush on finish, next to wipe on oil.

-- Marty Ohio

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 07:42 PM

Very good looking table. Now my wife is asking me if I can build one just like that… Thanks for getting me in trouble and giving me another excuse to make more saw dust :D

-- Build something like you mean it.

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 08:31 AM

Nice collection here and a good find on LJ

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 08:12 AM

awesome piece…....!!!!!!!

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 06:37 PM

Great coffee tabele, Alex!

The maple arches and drawer edging really add that extra touch.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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