FWW Mid-Century Coffee Table

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Project by MC Creations posted 08-25-2010 09:27 PM 2301 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a friend of mine was flipping through a FWW furniture catalog I had given him, and Mario Rodriguez' Mid-Century modern coffee table design caught his eye. This had caught mine as well and I always said, “man I’d love to make that.” But I didn’t really have a place for it in my home. Thankfully my friend did and he asked me to make him one. Here is the result.

I pretty much followed Mario’s design exactly (why mess with a working formula?). From the haunched tenons in the base, the dovetailed stretchers, and the very labor-intensive shaped feet. The top is the same style breadboard with a bull-nosed edge. Mine differs in that I used a combination of white and red oak, instead of mahogany, but that’s what I had. I even made the jig for my planer to taper the feet, just like Mario did. The finish is a mahogany gel stain (which matched the original tone quite well), several coats of poly and a waxed finish. My friend wanted the top to be smooth instead of textured by the grain. So I had lots of sanding in the poly process to get the desired affect. It came out like glass, Very happy!

I was a little bummed to see that I was not the first Lumberjock to make this table (Blackcherry's Finished Coffee Table). Especially since Blackcherry posted it just after my friend had asked me to make it. But my version is a tad different, and my friend didn’t seem to care at all.

This table build was an incredible process and those feet allowed me to really get to know my spoke shave. My friend loved it, and I’m really glad I was able to make it.

For all the build pictures, check out the MCC Gallery.

-- MC Creations,,

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 09:45 PM

Nice work on your table, it a fun and action pack build as you well know by now. The leg were the best part of the build for me, plenty of hand planing with the spoke shave. Mario Rodrique article was exceptional detail making this table a joy to construct. I hope he get a chance to look at your table, I know he would be proud, thanks for posting ….BC

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 03:07 AM

Nice job. I like the design and obviously you knew your spoke shave. The legs make the table. Thanks for posting.

-- Marc

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 05:23 AM

A really nice table and the steps on getting there are super! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:08 AM

Very nice joinery, very cool project!

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