Arts and Crafts Sofa Table

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Project by tbone posted 03-15-2010 06:58 AM 4906 views 29 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table for my son. It’s heavily borrowed from a photo he saw in a furniture catalog.
The things I learned from this project are the wedged tenons, the fretwork, the small cutouts in the legs, and using methods of coloring other that fuming.
The color needed to be a little darker than the Stickley fuming method I have used before. That led me to Transfast tints, and also darkening the pure tung oil with a little bit of roofing tar. Wax finishes it off.
It’s all QSWO except for the tenon wedges, which I made from some ebony I had lying around. It’s a subtle detail and I like how it turned out.
The fretwork at the bottom shelf was time consuming, but necessary to the piece—as well as being a good test of my patience!
The ‘tic-tac-toe’ cutouts were done with a plunge router and a crude router jig. The corners squared by hand.
If I had to do anything over again, it would be to try to find a tint that mixes with oil. The Transfast tints mix with water and it raised the grain more than I thought it would. That led to more sanding than I care to do.
Anyway, it was a fun project that taught me a few new woodworking techniques—and that’s why I do any of this stuff.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 07:11 AM

Very cool table a super design and great build.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 07:22 AM

Great looking table well done. Can I ask was tint color you used?


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#3 posted 03-15-2010 07:47 AM

Very Nice Table! Clean Lines, looks very authentic. Good “How it’s Done Photos.” Thanks for Posting!


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 07:59 AM

Man this thing is nice buddy! I love arts and crafts myself. You did a great job on the finish, man. Love this table! I wanna build a “surfboard” sofa table, out of walnut, no time. NICE JOB!


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#5 posted 03-15-2010 10:21 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautifully done and great craftsmanship.Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 10:21 AM

Really nice, your stuff is always first rate.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 10:32 AM

she s a beauty

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 01:40 PM

Well done. The finish turned out great.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 03-15-2010 02:07 PM

Gorgeous job with the tint. You may try to see if that dye will mix with alcohol (the non drinkable kind lol – but I wonder…). I’ve heard that some do and that would keep the grain down. I’ve yet to experiment with dyes, so my comment comes with a big grain of salt. :-D

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#10 posted 03-15-2010 02:39 PM

Nice look piece of furniture and nice work on the finishing as well…BC

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#11 posted 03-15-2010 04:40 PM

You’ve done it again tbone! Magnificent. Almost makes me want to rethink my Aurora sofa table design choice by Darrell Peart.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#12 posted 03-15-2010 05:23 PM

No Captain, I’ve seen your blog about the Aurora side table. An Aurora sofa table would be a GREAT compliment to it. I’m trying to figure out some sort of ‘Aurora’ coffee table to go with a side table I’ve already built.
You need to keep us updated on your progress on that one!

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#13 posted 03-15-2010 05:29 PM

Nice sofa table.

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#14 posted 03-16-2010 01:12 AM

real nice

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#15 posted 03-16-2010 01:51 AM

really pretty. I like this one a lot. The continuous grain pattern of the qswo drawer fronts really stand out.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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