|Project by Div||posted 03-20-2011 09:40 PM||2432 views||9 times favorited||24 comments|
I am currently working my butt off to create enough pieces for a major upcoming exhibition. Even though I had supposedly set a month aside to concentrate on this fulltime, some bills still need paying. When a client wanted a rustic coffee table last week, I threw this together (I keep reading about people that “throw” things together. I have this literal picture in my head and wish I could also do it! Just imagine….anyway, now I also have opportunity to use the expression!).
Building a table like this is quick and easy. Short of a board and 2 sawhorses, I don’t think there is a simpler way to make a table. There are no mortises, tenons, biscuits or any joinery. Everything was done with 22mm boards; mostly fall out from my mill. The legs are L-shaped in section, 2 short lengths screwed and plugged, one edge onto the next. The rails are glued and screwed to the insides of the L-shaped legs.
No edge jointing in the top which consists of 3 live edge boards. After cleaning up the natural edge on the first board a little, I overlaid it onto the next board, scribed the outline, cut to the line with jigsaw and simply butted the 2 boards together. Same with the third board. Hey, we’re talking rustic here! Simple cleats are screwed to the rails from the inside and the boards that form the top are screwed down from below through oversize holes. The timber I used is Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), indigenous to South Africa.
Off course one can also use the same method to build a quick but sturdy table with straight boards. So, no fancy joinery, no fancy tools; I hope it can inspire someone!
Yes, I know I should have taken more photos, but the table is gone….
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."