Walnut and Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by captkerk posted 10-15-2011 02:33 PM 4239 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table is based off the article in American Woodworker by Tim Johnson. I built it for a fundraiser for the school my kids go to and it was auctioned off in the silent auction. Instead of doing all walnut like the article, I used cherry for the top, the drawer handle and the inlay on the base leaving the rest of the base walnut and the inlay in the top as well. The base was assembled with biscuits, but the drawer frames were put in with pocket hole screws just like the article. I always thought this coffee table was a neat design, and I like it even more with the cherry accents!

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 02:36 PM

The table looks great. Nice choice of woods, they complemnt eachorther well.

-- Anthony

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 03:16 PM

Really nice work. What did it fetch at the auction?

-- HenryH - PA

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#3 posted 10-15-2011 03:20 PM

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 03:31 PM

very talented woodworking ! Looked at your projects and see you like to keep yourself entertained.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 03:43 PM

The wood selection looks great! beautyful! table.

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 04:18 PM

Nice craftsmanship. What did you do for the finish? The grain looks great.

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 04:20 PM

Awesome. Glad to see you didn’t use any rails on sides.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 05:26 PM

I really like the inverted taper. You pulled it off really well.

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

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 05:46 PM

There are so many thing I like about this! The tops wood, the inlay, the reverse taper on the legs. man you hit this our of the park! Great job!!!!

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

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 06:27 AM

Absolutely breath taking!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 03:09 PM

Very nice all the way around. Great job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 02:57 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone, but most of the credit goes to the original designer for figuring out the proportions and the idea for the reverse tapered legs. The finish is four coats of Tung oil varnish topped off by a couple of coats of paste wax. As far as finishes go, I find this to be a pretty fool-proof way to an attractive, fairly durable finish. It’s just a little labor intensive, as most finishing is.

At auction it fetched $250. That’s probably a little more than the materials are worth, but this fundraiser auction isn’t used to having furniture, so I expected it wouldn’t bring a whole lot. I’m actually glad it brought as much as it did. Besides, I can still write off the full estimated value on my taxes since I donated it to a Catholic school!

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