Japanese / Shaker Coffee Table

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Project by John Brien posted 01-23-2010 10:37 PM 1947 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 01-23-2010 11:09 PM

That’s a very classy piece there.

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 11:33 PM

Very nice, I like the floating top.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 11:53 PM

Simple yet elegant design. It looks fantastic and I love the finish. I too like the floating top as well as the contrasting slats which really add a lot to the table. Very nice job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 12:22 AM

I like the simplicity in this design… looks very symetrical and well put together…

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 07:20 AM

A greeat looking table. Nice design and construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 07:22 AM

Coolsville way nice table.

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