Limbert-Inspired Coffee Table

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 12-25-2016 10:51 PM 2870 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this Arts & Crafts style coffee table in Fine Woodworking magazine and knew I had to make it! The designer is Kevin Rodel of Maine who fashioned it after a Charles Limbert table. I got great plans from Fine WW who also had a video series showing step-by-step construction by Mr. Rodel. The most difficult part of the project was finding quarter sawn white oak with good figure and with color that closely matched each board.

The sides are pulled tight with the use of corbels running through mortises in the gridwork shelf. The upper ends are held in place using rails that are dovetailed into the sides. The stain is Minwax Provincial 211. The finish is Minwax wipe on poly. The plans are #011518, Limbert-Inspired Coffee Table, by Taunton Press.

Thanks for looking!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 11:15 PM

Beautiful! Museum quality craftsmanship. Fantastic wood

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 11:32 PM

Nice work buddy. The oak you picked out is gorgeous! Love the joinery. You spent some quality time on this one. Merry Christmas!

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 02:36 AM

Really nice work, you found some nice oak too. Great figure. Did you stain it?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 03:32 AM

That’s one beautiful table great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-26-2016 04:05 AM

You’ve created an heirloom. Fantastic job. You have a right to boast

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 12-26-2016 04:30 AM

Looks great. Love that QSWO.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 12-26-2016 06:25 AM

That is very nice, love the pattern on the shelf. Your finishing job is top notch, too.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 12-26-2016 03:25 PM

I am such a big fan of arts n craft furniture, especially Greene and Greene. What a beautiful table, great wood selection and execution. One to be proud of. A++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 12-26-2016 03:25 PM

I’ve always been fascinated by Limbert pieces (must weigh a ton!)

Perfection in every detail.

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#10 posted 12-26-2016 03:29 PM

that Oak is gorgeous, a beautiful table, the craftsmanship is on top…bar none….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 12-26-2016 04:30 PM

Very nice Jerry ….....;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#12 posted 12-26-2016 06:33 PM

Kevin Rodel’s work is inspiring and your rendition looks stunning. The details and finish really look superb!

-- -- Tyson

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#13 posted 12-26-2016 08:13 PM

Very nice job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#14 posted 12-26-2016 11:41 PM

That’s a beautiful Limbert table! You did some first-rate work on it, and should be very proud of it!

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

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#15 posted 12-27-2016 01:24 PM

Extremely well done!

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

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