Console/Sofa Table

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Project by Russel posted 02-12-2010 12:22 AM 1661 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a rather interesting piece of Spalted Maple that needed to be a tabe top. However, the Mrs said, “Can you make this one a little more traditional?” So, with a fresh batch of African Mahogany just waiting to be used I made a rather traditional base for the table.

Not totally traditional; the legs extend a bit above the apron and the top still floats (I really like floating tops), but traditional enough to satisfy the Mrs. Which, by the way, is a very important criteria.

The top is 42×15, Spalted Maple wrapped in African Mahogany with Maple key in the miters. With the base made of African Mahogany it stands little over 34 inches tall. A seal coat of shellac followed by 5-6 coats of wipe-on poly. Now, to find a place for it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 12:25 AM

If you can, do a close up of the top and where it attaches. I like it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 12:30 AM

great table , russel .

it seems like only yesterday ,
that you were timid in your work .

what a joy to see you step out ,
and do such quality work !

-- 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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#3 posted 02-12-2010 12:38 AM

I agree and I like the floating tops..such quality…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 12:44 AM

Love it!! Just love it!
Very original!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 12:46 AM

Nice table

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 12:57 AM

Gery Good Looking Table

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 01:07 AM

This table reeks of quality and great workmanship nicely done Russel

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 01:10 AM

nice table

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 01:12 AM

Wonderful design. Like others, I think the floating top is especially nice.

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 02:51 AM

Thanks folks. This site has taught me more than I knew I needed. It has allowed me to show my progress and get more encouragement than I deserve.

Jack, I’ll try and get a picture for you. The floating is accomplished with a small block added to the top of the apron on each end. It is long enough to keep the top stable, but not so long that it is obvious. I’ve considered other methods, but I’m not quite comfortable with them yet.

Patron, Degoose and Eklectic, I always look for your comments and appreciate your regular support.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 02-12-2010 03:04 AM

Well done Russel. Great design & craftsmanship.

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#12 posted 02-12-2010 03:11 AM

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#13 posted 02-12-2010 03:34 AM

Excellent table. really really nice. I love how the maple sits proud of the mahogany top trim. The maple keys really add to it too.
I think even a gentle curve to the apron and lower stretchers would have added something, but I know all about pleasing the missus too!

I’d also like to see a better picture of the top.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#14 posted 02-12-2010 03:49 AM

Great table. I like the floating top also.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#15 posted 02-12-2010 05:06 AM

Great table. I really like the floating top. I just wish I knew how it floated (i.e. how it’s connected to the base).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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