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Project by Builder_Bob posted 10-09-2012 12:31 AM 2230 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a coffee table for my daughter to have in her new apartment. We designed it in Sketch-up and fussed with the design until it was just right.

I smoothed the top with a hand plane, my first time for this and it was quite satisfying! Gel stain was another first, I liked that too. Actually this is the first time I have been happy with the outcome of a finish on cherry.

I designed the drawers to open from either side, something I have done before. This time I attached a metal disc to the side of the drawer at the midpoint and fixed a magnet to the table as shown. The drawer feels like it has reached a stop when the magnet snaps onto the disc, and keeps the drawer from overshooting the center and popping out the other side.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 01:10 AM

What a cool draw idea! Very nice! I will remeber that neat trick! Nice priject and well done!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 02:06 AM

Very clever stop for the drawer! Beautiful table – I was much older than your daughter before I had my first piece of nice furniture. She is lucky to have a talented dad!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 02:18 AM

Nice clean lines. Looks thoughtfully designed and well executed.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 04:40 AM

Beautiful table and nice, creative… functionality incorporated!!!!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 06:52 AM

Nice execution and photo’s….......................

-- mike...............

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 09:49 AM

Good show!!!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 12:53 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 03:27 PM

Beautiful work.

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#9 posted 10-09-2012 05:08 PM

Good idea on the magnets. Gonna have to try that.

-- Bryan

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 09:24 PM

Looks like she is very happy with the outcome. Fancy table.

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mbs

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#11 posted 10-09-2012 10:54 PM

I like the magnetic feature. You did a nice job with the finish.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#12 posted 10-10-2012 01:19 AM

great looking table, and clever solution with the magnet. I’ve got to remember that idea.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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hjt

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#13 posted 10-13-2012 02:02 PM

Wow! I just read your comment on the Pocket Hole Review and you suggested we take a look at your work. I first read your profile and see that you state you are just getting into wood working. Holy cow, my friend – you dod beautiful work. Very neat idea on the pass through drawer. Wish you had a few more photos of this concept and the project over all. Very very nice indeed

-- Harold

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#14 posted 10-16-2012 08:14 PM

Great idea on the midpoint magnetic drawer stop! A nicely built piece of furniture here too. Keep it up.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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