Mission style coffee table

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Project by Dusty posted 02-27-2007 10:24 PM 3173 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This red oak mission style coffee table is very sturdy and commands a presence in any room.

I found a plan but modified it to my tastes and construction methods.

The table is straight forward mortise and tenon construction with glued up top and shelf.

I use a wrap around trim board with biscuits for alignment to hold the top in place and add character.

A very simple project to build in addition to being functional it’s a pleasing piece for any room you need a coffee table in. I have also built this same table and finished it natural. That also looks good.

This coffee table is 24 inches wide, 44 inches long and 18 inches tall. You can make it to what ever size fits your needs.

It takes a day to build this – and about 4 days -allowing time for drying between coats for the staining process.

It is finished using my 12 step mission finish process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 02-27-2007 11:10 PM

Very Nice Dusty

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-28-2007 01:16 AM

Nice table Dusty;
A friend of mine gave me an old library table that looked just like your table. When I said looked, because it was falling apart. Even the top glue joints had come apart. I guess it had been in a high moisture area. I still have the parts, & been going to use the boards for some other project,when I get around to it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 02-28-2007 01:16 AM

Another winner, my friend!

I notice that the bottom shelf doesn’t run to the ends. how is it attached to the rails. It’s hard to tell from the photo’s. Is it sitting on top of the rails, or in a rabbet?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 02-28-2007 03:08 AM

The mission style is really rubbing off on me. I always liked it , but after seeing your collection of work, I like it even more. Exellent work, Dusty!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 02-28-2007 04:03 AM

Inspiring for me as well. Perhaps a blend of the genres…...rustic/mission!
Your furniture is very nice!!

-- RusticBru of Utah,

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#6 posted 02-28-2007 04:29 AM


There are several choices to secure the shelf to the side rails. They include but are not limited to, rabbit, cleats, (free standing), you can pin nail the shelf ( not one of my desires ) but it works with cleats or you can secure with dowels or plugs.

regards friend

-- Dusty

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 02-28-2007 03:59 PM

Good Stuff.

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#8 posted 02-28-2007 05:32 PM

Very nice table Dusty! I like the fit and finish, as well as the style. It looks like one of those tables that can fit in many places and remain stylish for many years.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 02-28-2007 09:40 PM

Very nice Dusty love the color. You got a 12 step finishing secret too. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 02-28-2007 09:49 PM


Its not a secret i have posted it many times and offer my help to those who want to try it. I spent a long time working on finding something that worked for me. I am more than willing to share it as many shared in there experiences that helped me to find one that works consistently for me with predictable results.

-- Dusty

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#11 posted 02-28-2007 10:58 PM

I would say all that it’s missing is a coffee table book, but it would be a shame to cover up that wonderful finish of yours.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#12 posted 03-01-2007 05:19 AM

The lower shelf is for the coffee table books, nothing goes on top. No drinks, no shoes… though I suspect it would withstand table dancing to no ill effect.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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