|Project by Jake Willet||posted 02-14-2011 05:48 AM||4452 views||15 times favorited||16 comments|
This is my first furniture project. I was tired of shoving the old coffee table out of the way every time I wanted to recline on my sofa. It is based on this Greene and Greene design called “Mystery Table” which was a surplus piece never commissioned and recreated by Darrell Peart:
Materials are African Mahogany and Ebony. I finished using Darrell’s schedule of orange/medium brown General Finishes dye topped with Arm-R-Seal.
The top was originally going to be continuous, but I couldn’t figure out how to make a rule joint across the grain of the boards. That in addition to the cupping that had already started made me settle on beadboards in the field (the beadboards on the ends were part of the design). All joints are mortise and tenon with non-functional plugs. The Rockler drop-leafs supports worked better than expected and hold strong.
This site has been a great resource for ideas and I look forward to collaborating with fellow woodworkers for many years.