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FINISHED! After working on this for about 8 or 9 months in my “free” time, I’m finally done. Started sketching up the plans in January or February based on a table found in FWW#178 for an arts and crafts style coffee table. Started working heavily on it in June. Just finished gluing the pegs in the ends of the breadboard top today. This is by far the finest piece of furniture I’ve built to-date, and I’m quite proud of it! Solid maple, through-and-through. Are there mistakes? Yes. Could I build it better the second time around? Of course. But this is what the whole journey of woodworking is about, IMO.

-- Glenn, Arkansas





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mfike

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 06:46 AM

Very nice table Glenn and you should be quite proud of it. Looks really solid.

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Vince

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 07:30 AM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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blacknail

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 08:05 AM

Now that’s a table I would be proud to say I built! Great job

-- Darrell B.

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 08:09 AM

That is real nice Glenn.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Hallmark

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 08:27 AM

Well done and a very nice looking coffee table.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 11:22 AM

Very cool design, unique in every way. I love it, and best of all it’s maple.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 11:40 AM

Very nice.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Flemming

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 12:20 PM

that’s an eye catching piece :)
good job!”

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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CaptainAhab

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 12:40 PM

Love the concept! Very sharp.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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TheGravedigger

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 01:02 PM

Who says Arts & Crafts has to be white oak? Good looking piece with a very solid feel. Unlike some I’ve seen, it doesn’t look like it would collapse when the grandkids climb on it. Nice.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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CreekWoodworker

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 01:30 PM

that’s a beautiful table

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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Glenn

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 02:55 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Gravedigger, I was extremely worried at first with using maple, because I was afraid I’d have a big ‘ole white elephant coffee table sitting in my mostly oak living room. But I used “Dark Mission Brown” TransTint dye from Homestead Finishing (heavily diluted), followed by BLO, and then amber shellac. Now we have a piece that matches everything else in the room quite well. My wife and I were actually shocked at how well the finishing turned out because all along the way at each stage of the finishing we would say, “Hmm, I don’t know…” When the last coat of shellac went on, however, the end result was astonishing. The pic doesn’t do it justice. That may become my go-to finish for furniture in the future.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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Jonathan

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#13 posted 10-03-2010 03:08 PM

Glenn, really great job on this table. Certainly something to be proud of!

The two-toned maple is excellent.

Also glad to hear you might’ve stumbled upon your new go-to finish. I’m sure it was a pleasant surprise when it was all said and done.

Can you shoot a few more photos?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Bradford

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#14 posted 10-03-2010 04:14 PM

I’d be extremely proud of that table. I guess something to aim for.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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workerinwood

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#15 posted 10-03-2010 04:21 PM

Beautiful !! Great build, finish looks great.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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