Coffee Table - Walnut/Ash

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Project by joseff posted 06-27-2012 10:07 PM 2425 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was made for a woodworking class. I was quite excited doing this project, because it is my first piece of furniture. At the start of the class I had five different drawings on my computer and I planned to make an all walnut piece. I changed my mind when I saw a classmate making a bench made of ash and I thought I might as well find how out it will look if I used it on my table.

Although this table was made with the Arts & Crafts aesthetic in mind, I wanted to incorporate some subtle modern elements to it: sleekness, subtle curves and details. Perhaps my second table would have more of a modern feel than this one. It is an ongoing journey with woodworking.

Materials: Walnut & Ash

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 10:41 PM

looks very nicely done. congratulations on your first piece of furniture

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 10:58 PM

Nice work. I would never guess this to be a “first piece of furniture”, especially from a design and attention to detail perspective.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 12:22 AM

nicely done, nothing like building something for yourself.

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 12:33 AM

That is a great looking table. I like the design, the little Greene and Greene touches,the contrasting colours. Overall a great build. If this is your first furniture project you are off to a great start!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 02:10 AM

Nice table…really like the wood combo…and the drawer is a nice touch….What did you finish it with??

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 02:54 AM

Nicely done! I like the contrast in color, as it does “Pop” out at your more.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 05:31 AM

Love it. I really love your choice of woods.

-- Create something everyday.

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 06:41 AM

That’s really nice!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#9 posted 06-28-2012 07:24 AM

Really beautiful table. And the ash top looks great.
I have a question .When I see the dovetails joints I cant understand, why are you left a marking lines?

-- Maraziukas, Lithuania,

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 09:37 AM

Nice work. Love the soft G&G style you have incorparated into this.

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

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#11 posted 06-28-2012 12:42 PM

that is a really nice looking table and great mixture of wood.

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 12:45 PM

how did you attach the top to the base?

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#13 posted 06-28-2012 01:05 PM

Beautiful, great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#14 posted 06-29-2012 07:38 AM

Thank you guys!!!

MontanaBob – I finished it with two coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish. This is also the first time I’ve worked with walnut and I am quite amazed how the grain comes out when finish has been applied.

maraziukas – A teacher of mine said that seeing the marking lines indicate that it was hand cut. I was also taking a hand tools class when this table was made and I wanted to see how it would look. In my opinion, leaving it on, or not, will also depend on the style of the furniture.

lanaug – The top is screwed to the base from underneath, with the screwholes on the base being a bit wider to allow for wood movement of the top.

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#15 posted 06-30-2012 12:56 PM

Very nice job on this table. The Greene brothers would be proud. My son likes the ash/walnut combination and I’ve made a few pieces for him using them. Nice contrast with the light and dark. Keep up the good work and thanks for the post.

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