My coffee table Design - THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP!!

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My coffee table Design - THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP!!
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I want to thank everyone for their AWESOME IDEAS!! This is why I love this sight – everyone is very helpful and the ideas are awesome!!! Hopefully some day I can return the favor!

This is the design I came up with after reading everyone’s comments. I’m thinking if this won’t be strong enough I can add some spacers/blocks throughout the structure to connect all the pieces and maybe add some strength!! Plus I just built my dado jig – awesome project to give it a try on!! Let me know what you think!! Again, thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely post my finished project!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 06:34 AM

Way to go, looks good

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 06:40 AM

Very nice – I believe your on the right track.

Looking forward to seeing the final piece..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 07:41 AM

I agree with the space blocking and it will be a good way to get rid of some of those nasty off cuts you end up throwing away and add some strength to the whole project
It looks like a good strong design and you gan do it with your router jig
I like it and it seams to be a good way to use up the wood

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 10:22 AM

Best of Luck with your project… I am sure you’ll put something pretty good together… just remember to post the pics…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 02:57 PM

Looks great! May I ask where you got the software to create this design?

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 03:29 PM

Looks like a good solid design…..I would go with the spacer blocks (run lengthwise to utilize the dado strength) will need the extra stiffness, when you get this put in your apartment, you won’t be able to resist putting you feet up!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 05:43 PM

Jeremy, The program is Google Sketchup, You can download it free, just search for it on Google. If you want to learn how to use it just look up some tutorials on Youtube or on Google. Its an awesome program – you can use it to design almost anything woodworking!! Let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks for all the comments everyone!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 08:34 PM

I’ve got to add my vote for spacer strips being added during construction. They don’t need particularly to be in dadoes, thought it will increase the strength further at the cost of construction complexity.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 08:49 PM

good solution ,
sounds like you are on your way .

enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 12:44 AM

Hi Dakremer.
I take it drawing of the design is from the side with the mitered frame being the top. Is that right? As it is, you have it constructed very strong. When building a box design such as that, it is a good idea to put mitered gussets across the inside corners to hold it square- mostly for handling. Sitting on the floor it will not go anywhere.
If there is intended to be a glass top on it, the gussets will show and could be left out. That interlocking dadoed design should be strong enough.
I have made single wall supports with gussets in all corners and they are strong as an ox!

It sure is nice to be able to help fellow woodworkers. This site is fantastic for that!

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

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 04:34 PM

Did it get built? can we see it?

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 07:56 PM

Shoot, Dak, that looks nice. I have seen some built like that and they were plenty strong. Just put some good strong joints on it.


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