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Project by steliart posted 04-14-2017 11:09 AM 1123 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Coffee to Dining Table

Build this for my apartment as a solution for a small space. The idea is from a video I’ve seen and I changed it so it will fit to my needs.

So the coffee table it transforms into a dining table for 4-6 persons.
The top is 3cm (1¼) thick in two layers, ¾ Baltic Birch plywood on the bottom and I found some long flooring pieces together with some Ipe and Sweetish Pine for the top which I plane to thickness and glued.
Ipe hardwood stripes where used for edge banding.
Yes it’s a bit heavy, I should have used ½ inch plywood, but that I had in stock. If I was to build it again I think I would do the top ¾ thickness. But still one person can easily unfold it.
The Legs and stretchers are also made of 2.5cm (1”) thick Ipe hardwood.

The top was first finish with boiled linseed oil to rise the grain and bring out the colors, let to dry for 10 days and then two coats of polyurethane 50% cut over it as I didn’t want to give it that plastic look, just enough for some protection. The underside plywood was covered with a stein varnish to the color I choose and the legs only boiled linseed oil.

Coffee table dimensions: 74X85X38cm – 29X33½X15 inches
Dining table dimension: 74X150X73cm – 29X59X28¾ inches

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions





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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 11:18 AM

Okay, this is cool. Very nice design and a unique piece.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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steliart

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 11:25 AM

Thank you Daniel :D

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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bubbaw

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 11:35 AM

Neat design,lots of possibilities. What do you use for hinges.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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steliart

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 11:44 AM



Neat design,lots of possibilities. What do you use for hinges.

- bubbaw

Thank you. I used two strong 4 inch hinges at each side, I’ll post a pic in a moment

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 11:51 AM

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 11:51 AM

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 11:55 AM

You do not need bigger hinges as the drop leaf 45 degrees angle cut acts as a stopper !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 01:17 PM

I like it. This would make a cool gaming table. Great selection of lumber.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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tyvekboy

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#9 posted 04-14-2017 01:47 PM

Cool table. Great Idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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steliart

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#10 posted 04-14-2017 02:41 PM

Thank you Dave, it can be anything you like :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 02:41 PM

Thanx tyvekboy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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DRSWoody

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 02:45 PM

Clever design. Just curious…If you live in a small apt where do you do your woodworking?

-- R. Smith Central Iowa

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steliart

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#13 posted 04-14-2017 03:00 PM



Clever design. Just curious…If you live in a small apt where do you do your woodworking?

- DRSWoody

Thank you for your comments.
Well I started woodworking in my 5X5 feet storage room Look HERE
and ended up in this space HERE

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#14 posted 04-14-2017 04:18 PM

What an awesome transformation and idea! Realy unique project and thinking.Nice ctripes, buy the way.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 04:50 PM

You did a real nice job on this table and it’s a nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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