Senior Year Custom Coffee Table

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Project by BigTall posted 11-21-2011 10:36 PM 2645 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again everyone!
Im back with my 2nd project.

Lets get started:
Senior year of high school
Woods class level both #3 and 4.

Top: solid walnut edges with an MDF center. walnut veneer over the MDF for a super flat surface.
Legs/base: Solid walnut legs hand crafted. Walnut skirt. Skeleton was made of MDF
Drop down center: Mahogany and Mahogany ply

After becoming completely addicted my junior year i embarked into my senior year.
I requested and was granted to have two wood shop classes, levels 3 and 4 “the final levels”

This was my Senior year of high school shop project… I toned back the size of my ideas to be more quality then size with my second project. This time i set my eye on a custom coffee table design. Like my 1st project i wanted a fully custom idea. well haha, as teacher said “if you can draw it you can build it”

I drew up a round coffee table that had a nice little drop down center with a glass cover.
You could place a plant or anything else in the display center. Personally i wanted a fish tank but my teacher said keep it simple lol. Best part of the design was that the entire top would spin like a giant lazy Susan.

The lazy Susan was created by routing grooves in the top of the base and the underside of the table top. The grooves would be filled with marbles. This would allow the top to spin round via the marbles. the grooves would keep the marbles locked in so they would not escape and the top would remain attached.

The legs are hand carved solid walnut:

The base made of MDf

The skirt was create by making solid walnut bendable

the base, skirt, and legs were ready and assembled

The drop down box was assembled the same way the skirt was.

Using a router the grooves were cut. Then the center piece dropped into the cut out center.

To allow a routed edge on the table top, solid walnut was attached to the MDF around the edges.

With that done, the edges were routed

The Final product of my hard work.

That was my second major and last project of my High school career.
As with the first, i made a custom design not seen before in the school.
Something that caught the attention of not only myself but students, teachers, and parents.
I am proud of my work and thankful for the shop teacher i had.

My Coffee table went to the Northern NJ Regional Craftsman fair.
This time around i took: A 1st in category award
An Outstanding award 1of only 10

And what im most proud of..
Best In Show 2010
Northern New Jersey Regional craftsman Fair

A silver pewter Bowl engraved was awarded to me
Taking home these awards was great.
I also was awarded student on the month twice.
And atop of that i was awarded Industrial arts distinguished Student award for my work in the shop.

There she is, my final project of high school. I owe my shop teacher allot, and i thank all of those who help me.

Check out my first project:

-- -Kyle, New Jersey, Novice Craftsman

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 10:44 PM

Really nice!

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 11:13 PM

Wow, Nice!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 11:15 PM

Wow, that is really cool. Great pics, and awesome table. Welcome to LJs.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 02:02 AM

Congrats, great project.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 03:56 AM

You should be honored to take advanced classes like this so early in school. I hope you take this to the next level. I had a similar experience in high school and it paved my way to a solid career in machine design.

Good Job !!

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 04:49 AM

A very impressive project. The description is excellent – your awards are well deserved. And a stunning coffee table as well!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 06:31 AM

From the design, to the engineering (kerf-bended aprons?), to the execution, that is a killer, killer piece. You are a seriously talented young dude with a real future in the industry should you decide to go that route. Talk about an ambitious second project!

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 06:43 AM

Wow Kyle I wish I could even thought of a project like that in High school near enough know how to make it. Fantastic work. A great design and a amazing piece of furniture.
Just wondering how old you are now.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 06:51 AM

Thank you everyone for you generous words!
Im happy i nailed what i was going for.
Currently im trying to get my parents to allow me to build a shop out back.

Jim: i am 20 now and a HS graduate of 2010

-- -Kyle, New Jersey, Novice Craftsman

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 10:54 AM

Big Tall you have a bright future ahead of you. You have demonstrated a very high level of competence and an outstanding attidude. Remember the “tough get going when the going gets tough” .

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 09:35 PM

WOW! That is an awesome table!

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