Coffee and Sofa Tables

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Project by Marco Cecala posted 03-01-2008 06:15 PM 2939 views 17 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these for my wifes medical office. The woods used are Cherry, shop sawn rosewood veneer, mesquite and commercial maple veneer. Some details are:

Tapered legs from Cherry turning blanks, the coffee tables are 3 degrees of taper, the sofa table is 2 degrees. This gave the legs the same dimension at the floor.

Tops are double stacked 3/4 mdf. The cherry edge is stacked and routed for a rosewood insert. People think it is a nice detail, I needed something to hide the glue joint.

The mesquite stretchers have a rosewood detail I stack glued and contoured to fit.

I have received a lot of inspiration from the group, I need to post some photos of my New Fangled Work Bench. Many of you Lumber Jocks helped me with its construction, as well as this table.

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 06:20 PM

Very nice tables.The “floating top” is unique and I like the inlays. Did you make your own plans?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Bill Butler

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 06:25 PM

These are stunning. I really like the delicateness that seems to ooze, but can only imagine that they are rock solid.

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 06:38 PM

Great design. I like the lines. The color contrast is cool

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 06:39 PM

Wow! I’ve been looking around for designs for furniture for my own office and I really like the floating effect.

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 08:08 PM

Great-looking tables(love the design) what did you use for the finish.

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Marco Cecala

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#6 posted 03-01-2008 08:14 PM

Thanks for the kind words. The finish is French Polish. They are my inspiration and my wifes design, she has a great eye and saves me from bad looking projects. The tops are solid, and heavy. The mdf provides good weight, and the hardwood edge gives it stability.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 03-01-2008 09:21 PM


These are gorgeous tables. The details for these tables are wonderful and set them in a class by themselves.

All that needs to be said is Wow.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-01-2008 09:27 PM

Really nice work – good job on the finish.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 10:57 PM

I would just like to say that the tables are beautiful and great craftmanship.

-- F.Little

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#10 posted 03-01-2008 11:06 PM

Fantastic looking pieces! Great choice of wood and execution!

The legs are great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 03-02-2008 12:46 AM

Marco, these tables have inspired the rest of us! Fantastic job. I’ve only made arts & crafts style items to this point. Seeing stuff like this makes me want to try other types of projects.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#12 posted 03-02-2008 01:37 AM

Very impressive, your skills and your wife’s design imagination.

-- Kirk H. --

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#13 posted 03-02-2008 04:57 AM

Very unique and inspirational. I think these are very artistic and your craftsmanship impeccable.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#14 posted 03-02-2008 06:51 AM

Simply beautiful work….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 03-02-2008 01:59 PM

These are stunning!! Gorgeous design and execution. Gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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