Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by DalPal posted 12-10-2011 09:15 PM 2284 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Through the past two years I have been falling in love with woodworking! I have read practically every woodworking book, and magazine about it, and have been working on putting together a wood shop. Soon I realized that I was spending so much time learning about and thinking about woodworking, but wasn’t actually making anything!! :) I decided to start with a coffee table for my wife’s birthday present.

I was really happy with how it turned out. All of the rails and and stiles have mortise and tenon joinery, and the bottom shelf has a through tenon. I also made a significant bevel on the underside of the top, with I think makes the top look light and lifted. I cut the bevel on my table saw, raised the blade to its full height and then ran the entire top through it.

Cherry is very prone to blotching when stained, so I put Minwax PreStain on first, then I used Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain. This worked really well, I let the stain sit on the sapwood and lighter areas a little longer than the rest and it came out pretty uniform. Three coats of Polyurethane and it looks great!

I learned a ton and am excited to start on a new project now!

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 09:27 PM

Very Nice!! Love the table and the cherry. Excellent build. How did you attach the table top to the base?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 09:37 PM

I cut biscuit grooves, and used metal clips. Super easy!

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 09:41 PM

Beautiful table! Hard to believe it’s your first project. . . excellent job! Nice to know about the cherry. I’ve had some socked away for a future project and really like your finish results.
Keep up the good work!
Larry, IA

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#4 posted 12-10-2011 09:42 PM

Your table looks great! I really like the cherry, especially the top. Thanks for sharing…...and don’t hide the top with that plant.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 02:08 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 02:19 AM

Cool table very well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 02:33 AM

Nice. Has a mission style look to it…but the lines are a little more sleek. Congrats.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 05:48 AM

Very nice job. You should be proud of what you accomplished.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 06:32 AM

thanks for the inspiration and congrats on the great table. I just started a coffee table this morning. Mine is along the same a&c lines but will be somewhat different style, and is of qswo, I love cherry though and it looks like you got a way better finish on yours than I did on mine. Great work. Enjoy.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 07:27 AM

Looks great!!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 08:43 AM

Great job, and nice selection of cherry wood. That is some good looking stock.
Try digure 8 fasteners for future tabletops. I have tried both types, and I like the figure 8 type better because it screws to both pieces, yet allows the wood to move.

Great job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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