Norwegian Style Coffee Table

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Project by oldnovice posted 07-11-2012 06:42 AM 2069 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for a co-worker of mine back in the ‘70’s. She told me she wanted a Norwegian style coffee table and I had no idea what that meant.

She explained that the only real difference is the height as it is meant to serve refreshments. She wanted it to look somewhat rustic, a very light color wood, and easy to move. I suggested pine and gave a sketch (no CAD available as yet).

As she requested I built it to be knocked down which turned out to be a good idea because when she retired she move back to Norway and took the table with her.

The stretcher is held in place with wedges and the legs are attached to cleats that are screwed to the table bottom. The table “knocks down” to four pieces; the top, two identical legs, and the stretcher.

The pictures are both BD (before digital)!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 07:51 AM

Great looking table!

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 09:52 AM

Dette er flot bord

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 12:27 PM

Nice job, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 02:02 PM

It looks like a very well made table and looks like it was fun to build . best wishes .

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 02:45 AM

very nice work. bet it has aged beautifully. you should look the lady up in Norway and get a recent photo

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 07:29 AM


Thanks for the idea! She is on Facebook and my wife still corresponds with her.

The cost of living in Norway is out of sight

Consumer Prices in Chicago, IL are 42.57% lower than in Oslo
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Chicago, IL are 36.95% lower than in Oslo
Rent Prices in Chicago, IL are 13.62% lower than in Oslo
Restaurant Prices in Chicago, IL are 50.24% lower than in Oslo
Groceries Prices in Chicago, IL are 42.52% lower than in Oslo
Local Purchasing Power in Chicago, IL is 36.15% higher than in Oslo

I wonder how she is doing on her U.S. retirement income!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 01:43 PM

Looks good, and the knockdown capability is unique. Thanks for the ideas….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 07-13-2012 12:53 PM

I’m thinking, nice workbench, assembly table… or beer hall… take your pick.

Nicely done, the old fashioned way..

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 09:31 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Well Done!


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#10 posted 07-14-2012 09:45 AM

You know you’ve made a nice piece when someone breaks it down and takes it to Norway! I really like it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 05:22 PM

Very nice table, Keep up the good work!

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