adaptable coffee table

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Project by Nate Noe posted 01-17-2008 03:03 AM 2390 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this coffee table for a friend of mine. She enjoys interior design so I thought I would design something that she could have fun with too. The section in the middle is open to any material the user wants to place there; stone, glass, cork, concrete or even another wood. She chose green onyx 12×12 tiles to match her decor. The aluminum ‘L’ rails do triple duty as support for the onyx tiles, adding a lot of strength to the table and being exposed to drive the overall design. I added aluminum highlights to the drawer sides and splines as a contrast to the rich, deep brown of the Peruvian walnut.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#1 posted 01-17-2008 03:06 AM

Nice design that lets the customer customize as her heart desires. Spring, summer, fall, winter.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-17-2008 07:49 AM

Kid’s got serious skills.

-- Cheers

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 08:38 AM

Nate, I like your design and craftsmanship. You will be a welcome addition to Lumbejocks.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 08:48 AM

Very Cool! It is innovative, with a fresh and modern look. Your design looks well thought out. I particularly like the way you mitered the legs into the top at the end of the table. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 10:53 AM

Once again man, beautiful work. Your eye for design detail is great. The innovation of the top and allowing the customer to take part is great. People love that stuff, they feel that they had part in making the piece. But we know the truth. Nice work again.

-- Kaleo ,

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 11:44 AM

Nice design, nice wood. Good job.

-- Jiri

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 01:39 PM

Very nice!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 02:39 PM

Love it!

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 03:46 PM

I really like this a lot!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 01-17-2008 04:45 PM

Slick, this is the second design I’ve seen here on LJ that uses aluminum as an accent, looks great. Really like how easily you can customize the design. Great job and welcome to LJ.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#12 posted 01-17-2008 07:12 PM

Very cool! I really like the linear straight line quality which is exaggerated by the aluminum in contrast to the subtle curved aprons and the in-sweeping edge on the legs/aprons. Plus, walnut and aluminum are a match made in heaven in my opinion! Nice work.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 04:31 AM

im definitely gonna be borrowing this idea soon

-- - more crap coming soon!

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#14 posted 03-07-2008 01:06 AM

nice design. it looks great.

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#15 posted 03-30-2008 05:15 PM

Hi Nate,

How did I miss this when you originally posted it? I am glad it came back up on my review list. To tell the truth I would have recognized the source. You have a very distinctive style. The aluminum creates a lot of visual interest in your projects and I really like the way it contrasts with the walnut.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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