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Project by Douglas posted 10-04-2016 09:38 PM 1191 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall, I built this table to sit in our living room next to the prairie sofa and love seat set I’d just completed. I zigged instead of zagged and went for this modern/organic style to complement the traditional style of the sofas. I blogged about the design process on my site, so check that out if you’d like to see more build and design photos.

http://dcwwoodworks.com/blog/2016/6/23/walnut-slab-coffee-table

This is a walnut slab, with a walnut base. I used maple for the butterfly keys, and some tinted epoxy to fill the checking.

Thanks for looking.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 10-04-2016 09:46 PM

Looks very nice.

With every table build, almost every Jock wants to know…...........How did you attach the legs to the underside of the top? A picture would be awesome as well.

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

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Douglas

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 09:49 PM

I used cleats / ledger strips, attached with screws.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 09:50 PM

That’s a beautiful coffee table! I like those trough tusk tenons—and love that live-edge slab!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 11:58 PM

Looks really nice, love the wedged tenons. You did a great job finishing it, too. Is that mid-satin poly?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 10-05-2016 12:08 AM

Douglas,

I’m hoping the design evolved on your drafting table!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Douglas

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#6 posted 10-05-2016 12:28 AM

Allen—I used General Finishes Arm-r-Seal satin. I love that stuff.

Thomas—alas, I did this before I did the drafting table. It would have been easier with it!

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#7 posted 10-05-2016 12:57 AM

I really like this. I have a similar slab in my garage that needs another year of drying before it is destined to be a coffee table. I enjoyed reading in your blog about how you rolled several ideas for the base over in your head. I have been doing the same for almost a year now. I think I have settled on one similar to yours but was leaning more toward symmetrical ends. Yours looks awesome. Is stability an issue at the narrow end at all? (could a kid climbing or sitting on the edge at the narrow end tip it over?)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 10-05-2016 01:41 AM

Love the stands and design, excellent piece well done on all aspects.

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Douglas

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#9 posted 10-05-2016 03:28 AM

Swirt—it seems pretty stable, but I haven’t tested it with children. I think it would be fine. The “three point” works well to spread out the center of grav.

Thanks for the kind words everyone :-)

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#10 posted 10-05-2016 03:58 AM

Very nice work sir

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

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

Very beautiful piece of wood and you made it looks even better. Nice leggs set too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 10-05-2016 05:56 AM

Absolutely gorgeous! I always like the contrast of a clean symmetrical base under a live edge slab top.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#13 posted 10-05-2016 11:29 AM

Douglas, this table is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#14 posted 10-05-2016 01:00 PM

very nice

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#15 posted 10-05-2016 02:52 PM

Beautiful piece, I especially love the wedged tenons.

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