Modified Charles Limbert inspired coffee table

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Project by revanson11 posted 09-05-2016 04:08 PM 644 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the look of this coffee table design. It is modified from one that was shown in FWW and is inspired by Charles Limbert. My modification was to make the table wider by 4 1/2” with the addition of walnut extensions on the sides. The table is mostly made from QSWO and did challenge my skills with fitting the through tennons and corbel snuggly. At first I was worried about fitting the 3/4” X 3/4” hatchwork on the bottom shelf but by just taking my time and using only finger pressure to hold the pieces in place during glue up it all worked out well. This piece along with the two end tables that I completed and posted recently should satisfy my main client (wife) and complete the furniture replacement in the living room. This piece was fumed with ammonia for 12 hours and then finished with a sealing wash of garnet shellac, 3 coats of Waterlox and rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and a mix of brown shoe polish and Johnson Paste Wax.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 05:29 PM

Very nice work Randy

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 05:37 PM

Very nice work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 07:34 PM

Great looking ensemble, Randy. I hope That I’ll be able to make furniture as good as yours when I grow up!

P.S.: I love the McDonalds model on the coffee table.

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 12:23 PM

Randy, you did nice work on this table and it turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 09-06-2016 01:23 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 09-06-2016 04:27 PM

I made the same table (but according to plans, without your customization), and really found it to be a great project—lots of good joinery, right angles, no curves, but a great design with some obvious complexity without being to difficult.

Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 09:10 PM

Great looking coffee table! I like your customizations, and the finishing really brings out the ray fleck!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 01:16 AM

Nice job!

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 01:31 PM

Fine work Randy!

Your shins will also appreciate those clipped corners!

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#10 posted 09-08-2016 03:35 AM

sweet table. especially love the lower shelf design.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 09-08-2016 03:42 PM

Really attractive table. Well done!

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

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