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Coffee table in burr / burl oak

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We needed something better than the conventional coffee table that I’d made at school and which was still in use umpteen years later. It was always piled up with woodworking magazines and knitting work-in-progress. This was the result of a family brainstorming session.

Some of the first sketches looked like small chest of drawers but we felt this was more of a table with drawers added. Anyhow the result is that it’s still normally piled with…... but we can quickly bulldoze that lot into the drawers should we get callers.

Again, the Leigh jig was called into service for the drawer joints. The framework is biscuit jointed and the ends are open to reveal the drawer sides.

However, it’s very heavy – must be all that knitting work in progress!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems





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TomFran

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#1 posted 2500 days ago

Beautiful table, Stewart! The drawer joints really accent the piece. Lovely wood grain patterns.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TreeBones

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#2 posted 2500 days ago

Great work. Looks like some really nice oak. Do you buy that at lumber supplier? You don’t see that kind of grain patterns available in regular hardwood stores here, its hard to find here.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 2500 days ago

Very nice. Love the oak. Great patterns.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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bryano

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#4 posted 2500 days ago

I never thought about drawers on a coffee table. what a great idea. Its a very well done.

-- bryano

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Krisztian

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#5 posted 2500 days ago

Very nice caffee table.I like the vase too

-- Krisztian VA My website: www.vacarpentry.com

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relic

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#6 posted 2500 days ago

Great looking coffee table. Do the drawers push through? I don’t see any way to open them.

-- Andy Stark

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Karson

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#7 posted 2500 days ago

Great table, short chest.

Great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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shaun

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#8 posted 2500 days ago

Now that is a serious coffee table! But my wife and I would need two of them to bulldoze all our stuff into. I really like the open sides.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 2500 days ago

Love the over size bov joints set proud on the facing sides of the drawers.
Ir makes the table really unique.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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cajunpen

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#10 posted 2500 days ago

Nice looking table – like everyone else, I like the oak and the craftsmanship.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Don

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#11 posted 2499 days ago

Stewart, you haven’t been here long, but already you have an identifiable woodworking signature. This is a great creation. I love the design and the wonderful finish you applied to this and all of your work. Keep them coming, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2499 days ago

this is magnificent. I love ALL of the design elements and that wood.. oh yah!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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snowdog

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#13 posted 2499 days ago

The table is great but I like the vase more :) Do the draws push through?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 2499 days ago

One heck of a knitting basket!

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YorkshireStewart

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#15 posted 2499 days ago

Thanks all. I’m really knocked out by all your comments. I honestly hadn’t realised my stuff was that interesting. Treebones – Hardwood home-flooring has really taken off in the UK and I’ve found that some of the suppliers put aside some of the better boards or even some that are mis-machined & are happy to sell a few odd boards. They’re planed all round and very accurately thicknessed, albeit sometimes T & G. Oak is one of the most popular ones it seems. Fashion being what it is, I look forward to the day when some of these floors end up in local skips (dumpsters?) ripe for recycling!
-The vase is from a laburnum branch.
- The drawers do push through and works well as we have a sofa at either side and normally sit facing one another: ”Will you kick the third drawer open!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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