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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 1395 days ago

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 1395 days ago

Very nice work

-- Vince

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blacknail

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#3 posted 1395 days ago

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

-- Darrell B.

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Abbott

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#4 posted 1395 days ago

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 1395 days ago

Well done and a very nice looking coffee table.

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

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1395 days ago

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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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 1395 days ago

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 1395 days ago

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 1395 days ago

Love the concept! Very sharp.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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TheGravedigger

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#10 posted 1395 days ago

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 1395 days ago

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 1394 days ago

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 1394 days ago

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 1394 days ago

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 1394 days ago

Beautiful !! Great build, finish looks great.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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