Small coffee table

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Project by Scott Parsons posted 01-16-2012 02:35 PM 2260 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was a small commission.

Manitoba Maple top with pine base.

I had to make this in the backyard of the clients house using a rigid contractors saw, a plane, and chisels….it was a challenge but I managed to pull it off.

The base is clear pine with simple mortis and tenon clamped with screws which were covered with walnut plugs.

The finish is several coats of linseed oil followed by several coats of minwax, hand applied polyurathane.

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 03:45 PM

Very nice with minimal tools also !! Great finish.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 04:32 PM

Looks awesome. I love that bottom shelf, is that box elder? Beautiful wood.

Amazing what you can do with just a couple of tools.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 04:47 PM

Great work, love the wood as well.

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

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 06:15 PM

Very cool coffee table, well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 12:07 AM

-Reaper, The bottom shelf is also Manitoba Maple. It was very wormy and fun to work with.

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 03:51 AM

Very nice work especially when you consider that it was made in someones back yard. I love that wood on the bottom shelf!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 07:10 PM

Saw this piece while looking through the projects. I think it has some great design elements. And I would guess it has a great story in the build?

I like the floating top and shelf, plus you evidence some pretty good craftsmanship.

Maybe you can experiment on the design?

It’s an elegant solution!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 01:38 PM

So very nice to see quality. lifetimes of use here it comes.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 02:13 PM

DocSavage45 – I’m always open to any design (or practical) guidance. If you have any ideas your willing to share then I’m all ears. I would like to increase my understanding and use of design.

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Something I think people may find humorous (and I purposely left out of the description) is that I rented a floor sander to quickly bring the table top to a more workable place. When I bought the wood it was only rough cut and needed some serious flattening!

I then took the top and base home and applied the finish twice a day in the kitchen. Once in the morning and once at night for 1 week. :P

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 04:55 PM


IFrom what I see I think you have an intuitive feel for design and function.

This is the page on Amazon that has a Seth Stem book, his only one on Designing furniture. Tells you everything ya need to know. Liked it so much I bought a copy for a friend. There are others but this one did it for me.

Good thinking on a floor sander as long as it was a belt and not rotary? LOL I’ll bet nature was your dust collector? LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-30-2018 01:05 PM

This is a very nice coffee table and is so nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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