Sofa Table with Granite Insert

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Project by travisowenfurniture posted 09-03-2011 06:09 PM 3430 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was selected to build a Mission style sofa table with some granite scraps from the clients kitchen. I used elements of Mission furniture such as through tenons, side slats, shelf, similar dimensions, and corbels, but that is where the similarities end. The top and shelf are cherry with Chinquapin (A type of local Chestnut) edging. The legs and slats are some type of tropical mystery hardwood from a shipping crate. The drawer pull is hand carved from Zircote, a dense South Americal hardwood. The drawer front and front/side panels are spalted maple, found on pallets.

The top is “floating” which I accomplished by adding a thin strip of 1/8” veneer painted black to accentuate the gap. There were 32 mortise and tenon joints in total, 8 of which are the through tenons used on the legs. Since I don’t have a mortiser, I used a forstner bit on my drill press and cleaned them up with chisels.

The mystery wood was extremely colorful, but too much so. To tone it down a notch and help it relate to the green granite, I used universal colorant to tint linseed oil to an olive green color. I applied this to everything except the spalted maple panels. After a few successive coats of oil, and giving it a week to dry, I used multiple coats of shellac to seal it and bring up the shine. The top and shelf also received a few coats of wipe on polyurethane, then carnuba wax to bring it to the shine and texture I wanted.

To keep the feet from scratching, I used 1/8” cork, cut to size, and glued it to the feet with contact cement.

And that’s about it!


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#1 posted 09-03-2011 07:10 PM

This is a great piece of work. Nice job. I like the use of your pallet wood. Thanks for sharing

-- Carpe Diem

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 07:20 PM

My favorite project I’ve seen on here in awhile. You really killed it! Wood choice, design and caftsmanship are all right on!

-- Rogue

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Alan S

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 07:45 PM

Wow! This is really great! The wood is amazing and knowing that some is pallet wood is just awesome. This piece has so much character! Great job!


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#4 posted 09-03-2011 08:32 PM

I really like to look of this table and the wood used. Nice job.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 05:01 PM

Turned out great! I like the mix of wood.

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