Cherry Coffe Table

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Project by Ryan posted 07-06-2010 04:30 AM 1994 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table that gives contemporary feel by showing rigidity.
Table top has natural cleavage and patched with butterflies but yet
try to show modern feeling. Entire table is made with cherry.

Made it a floating top table by raising apron an inch higher than legs.
I made the legs 4 inches thick to give a rigid feeling and made by mitering 4-inch cherry board

No stain has been used because cherry is going to get darker soon. And
also I believe man-made color cannot beat natural color.

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 04:33 AM

Very nice Ryan great design.

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 05:21 AM

Ryan, very cool table!! I have a thick piece of walnut that would be perfect as a little bench for outside. It is about 4” thick, 7-8” wide and almost 4’ long. The only problem is that it has a crack starting on one end. I was wondering if you could give me some insight on how to do what you did to that crack. I dont even know where I would start!! Thanks a lot!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 06:02 AM

Hi dakremer
There are many ways to insert butterfly inlays. Easiest one is using inlay template and router bushing and its bit.

If you have those two tool sets, it’d be easier than making by hand.
But cutting with hand is not that difficut. When you have some extra time, practice a few times then
you’ll be an expert easily. If you need more info, search Google with butterfly inlay.
Good luck !!!

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 10:27 AM

Great looking table. Well done on both the inlay and floating legs! Like the design, enjoy this baby!

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 12:10 PM

Great looking table Ryan. I also like leaving the natural wood color coming out. I don’t use stains either.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 12:22 PM

Great design, Ryan. I really like the table top elevated above the legs. Gives a certain very pleasing tension to the piece. Cherry is so nice to work with….

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 12:30 PM

The elevated table top is a great design feature.

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 12:59 PM

nice table. The floating top really adds to the aesthetic appeal.


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#9 posted 07-06-2010 01:17 PM

This is a nice project, Ryan. The overall design, as well as the butterflies and elevated top, add to the visual appeal of the table.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 03:01 PM

Great job!! Like the floating top and butterflies.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 03:55 PM

Nice table, I agree with you about manmade and natural color. Whenever possible I try to keep to clear finishes.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 08:30 PM


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