Arts and Crafts Coffee Table

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Project by JoshOne posted 05-31-2011 12:27 AM 2669 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired a huge quantity of walnut from an ancient old woodworker in March. In May I made a coffee table for my girlfriend Rachael’s birthday from it. I love the Arts and Crafts style, the beauty in the simplicity, the honesty, the craftsmanship.

This was my first real project and I learned so much doing it. Everything was new, and every step required research. I fell in love with woodworking while doing this project. I finished it with 5 coats of 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 mineral spirits, 1/3 polyurethane.

I’m currently a graduate student, and finals fell smack in the middle of my project, so because of the two week break I took during finals I don’t have a good idea of how many hours it took me to do this. For my next project I’m going to keep better track of the hours, so I have some reference points as to how long projects take.

I put up a build blog with photos here:

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 02:11 AM

Great looking table, Josh. It looks fantastic. The walnut, while somewhat nontraditional for arts and crafts, looks absolutely incredible (I just read about your walnut acquisition, too, and am naturally jealous). I’m always a sucker for walnut. This is inspiring me to redo our coffee table for something in this vein.

I too am in love with the arts and crafts style. It’s a beautiful style, and an interesting movement as well. I can see the appeal.

It’s good to find another grad student here on LJ’s. Keep up the good work, and thanks for posting this.

-- Brian

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 11:34 AM

Grad school requires diversions and this is a great hobby for that. What a nice table. If this is your first real project… then you will have lots of joy ahead. Keep it up!

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 02:04 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 03:54 AM

That is one nice piece of furniture, to last a lifetime or two!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 01:11 AM

Looks really good Josh! Very impressive first project!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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