Coffee Table

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Project by SawdustTX posted 01-15-2012 07:21 AM 1944 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hard Maple with bent laminated legs (8 layers). The upper table surface frames are attached to the top of the legs with double wedged double tenons – two tenons at the top of each leg, with two wedges per tenon. They’ve held through 18 years of kids! No metal fasteners – it’s all mortise and tenon joinery, with dowels connecting the balls between the base and the legs. Finish is too many coats of water based black gloss, then clear coat.

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 07:44 AM

Welcome to Ljs
This is an amazing coffee table, a very creative design. great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 12:57 PM

oooohhh ooohhh grand table. Welcome to lj’s

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:48 PM

What a cool project, congratulations!! “Norm” would be proud!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 03:21 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Nice job on that table. If it can hold up to kids you did a good job! Kids are the ultimate project tester. What did you use for a finish coat?

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 04:36 PM

Truly beautiful

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 05:07 PM

Very Nice!! Great project.

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 06:09 PM

One of a kind great work.

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

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 08:02 PM

Hello sawdusTX

Welcome to LJ’s

A nice table

great project

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 08:10 PM

WOW, and welcome!

Love to see pics of your shop and other projects.

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 08:11 PM

Very unique and a cool design! Question for you – are the mirrors just set in rabbets or attached in some fashion?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 10:23 PM

Nicely done! It’s got a funky deco feel to it. I like it!

Wlecome to LJs!

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 01:11 AM

This a beautifull coffee table.

Very nicely done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 01-16-2012 03:18 AM

Very nice design and build!

Very unique.

-- Rob V

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 05:58 AM

Nice table and welcome aboard, you will like it here

-- David, Center,Texas

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 07:19 AM

Thanks for the comments. To answer the questions:
-the glass is just setting on the rabbets in the top. They aren’t attached. You can see in the last picture I also made faux marble inserts for when my kiddos were little. Now we just use the glass.
-the finish is a bunch of coats of black, topped with multiple clear coats. All water base finishes, I don’t remember the brand.

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