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Project by ryno101 posted 1665 days ago 4437 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother in law asked me to make him some furniture to match a dining room table, this is one of three. Entertainment center and end table to follow.

My woodworking skills have taken a major leap forward… this is the first piece of actual furniture I’ve made, and I”m extremely happy with how it came out.

Mortise and tenon throughout, the top is put together with splines that run the length of the top.

Finished with shellac as a sanding sealer, wipe-on poly for the base and about 7 coats of poly for the top.

I’ll be delivering this tomorrow, just in time for it to make it’s debut at a Superbowl party. If there was ever a time for a coffee table to start it’s life, it’s at a Superbowl party! I had to do something… so I used up a bunch of leftover scrap walnut to make a set of coasters…

Constructive criticism is always welcome!

-- Ryno





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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 1665 days ago

Very nice. I love walnut and love it more with a natural finish. Super Bowl party…. hmmm. Might need some glass on top for that.

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

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jayjay

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#2 posted 1665 days ago

That is sweet.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 1665 days ago

Nice coffee table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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WoodshopJoe

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#4 posted 1665 days ago

Great table, I like the natural look of walnut as well.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#5 posted 1665 days ago

Hi Ryno
This seems very large for a coffee table but looks great. A concern about placing the grain length wise on a table top it will greatly increase the wood movement across the grain. So you have to make sure you allow for all that movement.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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NoSlivers

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#6 posted 1664 days ago

Solid construction and clean lines. I like it. As Jim mentioned, hopefully you’ve attached the tabletop to the frame in such a way as to allow for seasonal movement.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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ryno101

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#7 posted 1664 days ago

Thanks all…

Jim – it just looks large… the dimensions are standard-issue coffee table – 22×46 x 18

And RE: the movement on the top, I’ve attached the top in 6 locations with screws in over-sized holes, (actually holes are about 3/8” long for #8 Screws) attached to cleats that fit into slots in the apron. Should be plenty of movement available for seasonal changes.

Thanks for all your feedback!

-- Ryno

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1664 days ago

Glad to hear you planned on seasonal movement

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RandyMarine

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#9 posted 1664 days ago

Very nice table…is that a dowel pin? Is that also black walnut?

I agree a Super Bowl is a great way to “to start a coffee table’s life”.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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ryno101

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#10 posted 1664 days ago

Thanks, Randy…

Yes, it is a dowel pin, mostly just for show… It’s actually red oak, just what I had lying around the shop!

-- Ryno

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RandyMarine

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#11 posted 1664 days ago

I think the coasters are a nice touch as well…

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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BTKS

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#12 posted 1663 days ago

I LOVE WALNUT, have I mentioned how much I like walnut? That is one good looking table and sounds like all the details were tended to. You have lucky in-laws! BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Jason Tetterton

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#13 posted 1641 days ago

Very nice coffee table! Impressive

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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DAWG

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#14 posted 1547 days ago

Beautiful table, awesome first build, keep them coming.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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