Floating Top Sofa Table

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Project by lots2learn posted 06-06-2011 08:13 AM 6299 views 44 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This floating top sofa table consists of Cherry with African Mahogany shelf and top. The straight board meeting the top of the curve was the basic element I started from. I then liked the negative space under the table top. Mortise and loose tenon joinery throughout. Finished with Arm-R-Seal.


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#1 posted 06-06-2011 08:18 AM

Lots2learn: this sofa table is very nice.
Both projects you posted today are a work of art.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 09:41 AM

Very nice build. What are the dimensions? I had a great time building a floating top table in the past and this is giving me the urge to give it another go.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 09:52 AM

Design question. The straight board meeting the top curve. All one piece or to pieces connected at the midpoint? It doesn’t appear to have a joint line.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 10:36 AM

The dimensions are 53” W, 15” D, 34” H
The curve and straight boards were cut from the same board and joined back together.


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#5 posted 06-06-2011 03:38 PM

Great design

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 06:27 PM

This is gorgeous. Many people have used the floating top and “negative” space similarly for sofa tables, and I really like the style… in fact I have used it myself on projects. But I particularly like how you have used it here, you have achieved an elegance that others have not. I especially like the subtly curved legs and the apron which reminds me of a Krenov piece.

I really like this table!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 10:06 PM

Great design. The piece looks fluid, original and functional. What more could you ask for? Awesome job.

-- Wilton, Phoenixville PA

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 10:32 PM

Very nice design. All the projects you posted are nicely thought out and designed well. Good job!

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 12:27 AM

Nice craftsmanship, Well Done

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 05:42 AM

Where do you by the invisible table struts?

I can’t stop staring at this design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 06:53 AM

I saw your other posts today….ALL amazing! Well designed! Well executed! Absolutely AMAZING!

-- -"Trying is the first step towards failure!"

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 06:43 AM

You did it with this one !
great table design and craftsmanship.
I just love it.


-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 06-19-2011 07:39 AM

very nice design and execution.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 07-10-2011 02:24 AM

Wonderful work! I am going to have to try one of these – perhaps with a floating bottom shelf as well. You inspire me.

-- Doug, Georgia

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