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Project by Prognosticator posted 09-27-2016 12:48 PM 701 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nice chunky coffee table with a 5” thick top. 46”L x 23”W x 19”H. Haven’t weighed it but it’s solid enough to dance a jig on the thing if you feel inclined. Top is pine (cheap) and legs are fir (also cheap) but I milled them up nice and the stain worked out rather well. Base coat of 1lb dewaxed shellac followed by traditional Cherry Stain on the top, Antique Cherry Stain on the legs and 3 coats of Arm R Seal Semi-gloss. The question is, can you guess how those legs are attached? Can you?





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 02:32 PM

NICE UNIQUE DESIGN….......................CHEERS, JIM

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 02:55 PM

Very unique. Would hate to have to move very often. Looks good.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 06:28 PM

Hmm, did you just glue the legs up with the top? Give us a shot of the bottom!
Very cool design.

-- Pete

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Prognosticator

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#4 posted 09-27-2016 07:44 PM

Here is the bottom photo that was requested. The grooves have slats of wood glued into them to increase stability. Not sure if that helps matters at all but seems like it will help the season changes.

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#5 posted 09-27-2016 08:14 PM

OK, that puts it over the top. This table is hilarious. Are we being trolled?

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edapp

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 08:56 PM

This is one of those “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” moments…

On the plus side, it’s always great practice!

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Prognosticator

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#7 posted 09-28-2016 02:50 PM



OK, that puts it over the top. This table is hilarious. Are we being trolled?

- gargey

How so?

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PPK

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#8 posted 09-28-2016 02:52 PM

Well, I’m still guessing! Did you use biscuits to attach the legs? Biscuit on each flat face of the leg into the table top? Or dowels?

-- Pete

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Prognosticator

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#9 posted 09-28-2016 02:57 PM

Okay, I’ll tell.

Here’s how the legs are attached. Took me awhile to come up with a stable graceful way to do it.

The table top has a 1” deep “dado” that is the same width of the leg cut in the top, side and bottom of the table. The leg itself has a C-shape carved out of it at the attach location. In essence, the wood from leg that you see on the top of the table and the side of the table is only 1” think and practically cosmetic… however this allows the table to rest on the leg with it’s entire weight with no chance of shearing a traditional joinery technique.

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PPK

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 03:07 PM

Cool. Good idea. I admire it when people can do something of their own design. I’m not too creative often, and just copy other’s ideas or kind of combine a lot of people’s designs into one.

-- Pete

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shakespeare

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#11 posted 10-04-2016 05:04 PM

The next questions are: how much does it weigh, and how many people are needed to move it? It has an interesting tension between the thick top and the relatively thin legs that is pleasing to the eye. Well done!

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