Arts & Crafts Inspired Coffee Table

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Project by groovy_man_6 posted 06-29-2011 06:08 AM 1900 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Coffee Table that I just finished building. I found the table top on the side of the road believe it or not, and it was in BAD shape, but I could see it was made of solid oak and was therefore worth saving! – Then I decided to practice my inlay skills (plus the top needed a little something) so I inlaid a strip of Ipe in the top (about 1/4” thick). Then I built the drawer and base.

100% of the wood is solid oak, all antique and reclaimed. There are still cut-off nails in the some of the legs! gives character… The joinery is dovetail (drawer), oak dowels (the basic frame), or mortise & tenon (the vertical slats)- The drawer face was cut out of the same board as the entire front sash, so the grain runs continuously through the front sash, through the drawer front, and then back into the sash again (just to try out the technique)... and then mounted the drawer using full extension high capacity ball bearing sliders. I was able to do a lot of it when my dad “The Supervisor” was in town… We had a great time making it. :-)

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#1 posted 06-29-2011 06:15 AM

Fan Dam Tastic…....really like it.

And great story, also

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#2 posted 06-29-2011 06:26 AM

Nice work. Post up a before pic.

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#3 posted 06-29-2011 06:26 AM

Mmm :-( forgot to take one—bummer.

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#4 posted 06-29-2011 06:33 AM

I love Arts & Crafts style and you nailed it. Well done.

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 07:49 AM

Nice looking table and really like the back story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 07:55 AM

That’s a one solid looking coffee table! Love the character of it.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 06-29-2011 11:19 AM

Great job …it looks perfect : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 12:52 PM

Beautiful Mission Style coffee table. That was a really nice inlay job to set off the top. Nice save for that old oak top. You would never know it was a discard!! thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 01:12 PM

Very nice! Clean lines.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 02:19 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! The fact that is made from reclaimed old wood makes it even better.

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

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#11 posted 06-29-2011 02:58 PM

Groovy Man, is this that table you bought and said you were going to tell the folks at LumberJocks you built it? Ha ha ha… just kidding. This is gorgeous my friend.

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#12 posted 06-29-2011 04:50 PM

Beautiful coffee table.

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#13 posted 06-29-2011 06:10 PM

Great looking table. Inlay looks awesome on it.

-- Tim-; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-

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#14 posted 06-30-2011 02:30 AM

Those nail holes add characters or conversation material to the table. Job well done.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#15 posted 07-05-2011 05:07 AM

Nice work/ I really like the mission style.
Enjoyable when you get to work with dad!

-- Keith - Iowa

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