|Project by John Brien||posted 01-23-2010 10:37 PM||1717 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
I started the as purely a desire to get a new coffee table in our home, having been studying japanese joinery for quite some time you really can see those elements coming in. My love for Arts and Crafts era is also evident here, with the slat-style lower shelf. The actual dimensions are that of a traditional tea table; 24”x50”x17”. So a little bit higher than a normal coffee table.
The table is constructed out of nothing but nice maple that I got a great deal on and stained with a Soy-based custom mixed stain, slats are tung oil, and top coated again with a Soy-based Ploy-like satin. Hand rubbed out to attain the desired gloss. The construction is actually quite simple using nothing but pinned mortise and tenons and straight pins to attach the shelf stretchers. The assembly is a completely different story though.
I has to finish each slat separately with, both sides (cause I’m psycho like that), the table frame was another separate finish and assembly, then the top was again separate due to it’s floated design. After everything was finished I then did the final assembly. followed up by the finial polish. Over all I was able to do this in about a week time, squeezing it in-between a client door I was completing.
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