Box Coffee Table

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Project by David posted 07-21-2010 03:42 AM 1688 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch


This a new coffee table I made for myself – a nice upgrade from the coffee table I posted on this site about a year ago which was one of my first projects. Think it definitely shows how far I’ve come over the last year…...

The main structure is a big box with locking mitre joints. It was my first time using this joint and although I read many horror stories on getting the bit set-up in my router table, it wasn’t that bad and probably only took about an hour of messing around. I saved a couple of scrap pieces as templates the next time I want to use this thickness of wood. The wood is white oak which my lumber mill called “tiger stripe”....sort of tough to see in the photos and I’m not sure if its much different than QSWO, but it definitely has a neat pattern. The end of the box is made with black walnut. The glue-up was tricky as I ran out of clamps for the middle section, however after much hand planing and sanding it turned out nice and tight. The legs are black walnut and oak which are joined via a half lap joint cut at 45 degrees. To attached the legs to the top, I screwed a piece of black walnut into the bottom of the box with mortises cut out which take the tenons on the legs (last picture). The piece of wood with the mortises is screwed on to the top and has holes which are bigger than the screws, allowing for wood movement. I’m a bit worried about the screws loosening up as the legs prevent me from getting a screwdriver in there should I ever need to tighten them. I also put a horizontal piece of wood between the two legs for added stability. This thing is as solid as a rock and weighs a good bit. Also, on the top I added walnut accents on the corners with white oak pegs as an added flare.

For the finish, I first used 3 coats of Zissners waxed shellac (lightly sanded between each coat), followed by 3 coats of my home made tung oil finish (1/3rd tung, 1/3rd polyurethane, and 1/3 thinner), followed by 3 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane for extra protection and finally 2 coats of paste wax. I’m sure this will take a beating over the years, so hopefully the finish will hold up.

All-in-all I’m pleased with the results. I did quite a bit of searching on this site and hadn’t found a table which uses 45 degree legs like this which I think is pretty cool.

Any and all feedback is always much appreciated!


-- dcutter

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#1 posted 07-21-2010 03:45 AM

Kind of boxy. But a really unique idea.

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