Asian Inspired Walnut and Quilted Maple Coffee Table

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 10-12-2012 04:07 AM 8514 views 36 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was my summer project this year. I’m a high school teacher by profession and I’m always looking for relaxing ways to spend my summer holidays. This table fit the bill. The base is made of black walnut and Peruvian walnut and the table surfaces are made with some outstanding quality Oregon big leaf maple. The breadboard ends are pinned in place by square ebony pegs. The most difficult challenge in this piece was the mortise and tenon joinery in the skirt boards and the lower base stretchers. They had to be angled to match the taper of the legs.
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#1 posted 10-12-2012 04:31 AM

Nice table…beautiful maple! What kind of finish did you use? thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 04:31 AM

some gorgeous woods
and the work is top drawer

well done

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 06:48 AM

Nice job Jeff, I really like this!

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 10:08 AM

Very nicely built. Great construction.

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 11:17 AM

You did a fantastic job on this table. Wonderful wood, too.
Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 12:17 PM

Great job!

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 12:32 PM

The finish on the top is a dye stain, followed by several coats of tung oil, followed by a seal coat of shellac, and finally top coated with lacquer.

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 12:45 PM

Very nice.

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#9 posted 10-12-2012 01:22 PM

Beautiful. Love the top.

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 01:45 PM

I really like it

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 01:47 PM

Great design and that Quilted Maple is so sweet !

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 03:00 PM

That is a really good looking table. Very nice design and excellent wood selection.

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 03:08 PM

Excellent Build, Love the Maple top…..

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#14 posted 10-12-2012 03:21 PM

Beautiful design,wood and workmanship. A outstanding piece.

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#15 posted 10-12-2012 03:27 PM

That is a great table design, and the quilting is incredible… your finishing brought out the figured grain nicely. The breadboard ends with the ebony look really classy. How is the table top attached to the base?

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