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Walnut and Curly Maple Coffee Table

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Project by Reinan posted 12-09-2017 05:31 AM 1856 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this coffee table as a belated housewarming and early Christmas present for my cousin. He is 22 and serving in the Air Force, and they married about a year ago. They were finally approved this summer for base housing and I wanted them to have something nice. Especially since their budget won’t allow for nice furniture for many years.

I was wandering my favorite local lumber store and came across some nice curly maple with a good mix of heart and sap wood for a rustic feel, and some decently figured walnut to frame it out. The legs the store owner sourced for me and blanked to 3×3 legs from a very rough 4×4 stick that was pretty twisted. I decided on a cross lap for the aprons housed in the leg to add some detail to the base design. First time trying this style of leg/apron joint, but it turned out very strong, though it took a lot of hand fitting. It was also my first time using a draw-bored breadboard end, which was also very time consuming to fit. I was lucky enough to have a skilled uncle that turned the dowels out of some off cuts from the curly maple. I finished it with a coat of BLO, then a couple wiped coats of 1# dewaxed garnet shellac, after that a friend sprayed it with 3 coats of pre-cat lacquer and buffed the top.

I am extremely pleased with how well this has turned out and am excited to deliver it here soon.

-- -Russ





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#1 posted 12-09-2017 05:40 AM

I’ve been following along since the beginning. I am especially impressed with the look of the way the legs are joined and the tapering of the insides of the legs is a really cool look. I’m gonna have to try and do that. Excellent!! Very nice project!!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 12-09-2017 05:46 AM

Russ – beautiful design and execution.

Dave
Eagle ID

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#3 posted 12-09-2017 10:50 AM

This is wonderful work. I just love it.

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#4 posted 12-09-2017 12:16 PM

Very well done, nice combination of wood, and outstanding joinery, bravo, keep on making sawdust

-- andrek

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#5 posted 12-09-2017 01:25 PM

Nice work, Russ! It’s a great looking table.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 12-09-2017 09:58 PM

ditto to all said,i love it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 12-10-2017 01:27 AM

Gorgeous, congrats!

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#8 posted 12-10-2017 02:50 PM

Beautiful design and joint Work!

-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#9 posted 12-11-2017 11:13 PM

Super. Great combo of woods. Love the integrated rail and post design (I’ve used that a few times and it really is so logical) Great finish as well – highlights both woods perfectly.

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