"Espresso" - A Coffee Table

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Project by chrisstef posted 07-15-2012 01:20 PM 2653 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the table ive been working on for the last month or so down in the wobbly leg workhsop. Its made of #2 common walnut and ambrosia maple. Joinery is mortise and tenon. Tenons are hand cut and trimmed with a shoulder plane. Mortises were drilled with forstners bits and cleaned up with chisels. The finish is 2 brushed on coats of Arm-A-Seal, 2 coats wiped on, and a buffed out coat of paste wax. The table measures 32” x 20”. Its a little smaller than your normal coffee table thus that name “Espresso”. Thanks for checkin out what ive been doin.

Edit: Browsing through my favortires I forgot to give credit where credit is due on this one .. the inspiration was from LJ DaveRose’s “Chunky Coffee Table” ..

-- Something, something, something.

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 01:23 PM

I’ll take mine with cream, please ;)
Nice job mate :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 01:25 PM

Thanks Soda, and one espresso with cream comin up … it may be a little cold by the time it gets to you though.

-- Something, something, something.

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 01:32 PM

That is a rather stunning top! It looks like a fine build, one that should yield countless years of service. Well done, I like! And double the ‘with cream’ order; I’ll be right over. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 01:35 PM

Smitty – the french press is out on the counter and the grinder is waiting. Just got in a batch of fresh roasted beans. Ahhh how i love sunday mornings. Next time i will pay much more attention to the little bit of curl i had in the pieces, they made for a heck of a time not gettin tear out. I spent a lot of quality time with my #80 cabinet scraper. I NEED a LA jack plane.

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 01:35 PM

Purrr D that’s one cool table,very nice work.

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#6 posted 07-15-2012 01:42 PM

Very nice

The colours are incredible


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 01:46 PM

Nice work and I admire all the hand work. That would look great in about any setting in any home. You should be proud of yourself on this table.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks Jim & Jamie. I learned a lot about finishing on the soft maple top. Its brought a nice spash of color and excitement to the “man den”.

-- Something, something, something.

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 01:51 PM

Great job!! Beautiful woods.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 02:09 PM

Thanks Tom & Jack – ive found that i really enjoy the mix of power and hand tools. Its a good way for me to calm down after work and put all my focus on one item.

-- Something, something, something.

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 04:17 PM

Beautiful work! Very well done indeed!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 04:18 PM

Nice build, and the finish came out really well ,nice contrast in the grain , well done and aptly named . : )

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 04:54 PM

I have an oak table that was finished with Arm-A-Seal some 25+ year ago all things considered the finish still looks good.

But my red oak table doesn’t look as good as your walnut and maple table!

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

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#14 posted 07-15-2012 05:29 PM

stunning work chris

very nice design
and choices here

great finish

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 07-15-2012 08:13 PM

Ive got to admit that i cant take a ton of credit for the finish, that arm-a-seal is idiot proof i tell ya ;)

-- Something, something, something.

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