Mission Style Coffee Table

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Project by AandCstyle posted 674 days ago 1493 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As always, I apologize, in advance, for my poor picture taking ability.

This coffee table is 2’ by 4’ by 18” and was made with qswo. I mitered the pieces for the legs so the rays are showing on all four sides. In order to help with alignment during the gluing process I added splines since I don’t have a lock miter router bit. All the other joinery is mortise and tenon, except the top is attached to the base with figure 8’s. I used a 1/8” roundover router bit for the edge treatment.

I sanded all the pieces to 180G, then sprayed TransTint dye to highlight the rays, scuff sanded with 320G, sprayed Target Coatings UltraSeal-WB Shellac Sealer, another light sanding, toned with a different TT dye in Target’s EM6000 and finally clear EM6000 for the topcoats with 1-2 additional sandings to remove nibs.

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 674 days ago

Clean, nice lines. Nice build.

Never worry about your photos. 90% of us here can’t do any better.

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#2 posted 674 days ago

Very nice job. I especially like your finish… very professional and smooth/even coated. That’s something I’ve been working on lately.

I’m a bit of a newb, but can you elaborate on the figure 8 connection for the top to the base? Not sure what that means… Somekind of hardware? Or is it a joinery technique? I’ll be googling this now, but thought I’d thrown it in for conversation.

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#3 posted 674 days ago

Ok, got it. Those fig 8 pieces look very handy. I’d call it cheating except that it does allow for generous wood movement so with that as a consideration, these things are pretty cool. May just try making my own with some reclaimed steel or thick washers and a welder. Cool.

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#4 posted 674 days ago

Very nice build.

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#5 posted 673 days ago

Love it, great build! Now I want one, haha!

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#6 posted 673 days ago

Thanks for the favorable comments. I just noticed that the legs look clunky bin the pix, but they don’t look that way in person.

-- Art

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#7 posted 673 days ago

That is really nice.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#8 posted 673 days ago

Great table. I love that A&C style and you did a great job. Check my projects for A&C Bedside tables if you like.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#9 posted 673 days ago

Great table. Nice figure on the top.
How do you like working with Target Coatings?
Is the EM6000 a lacquer?

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#10 posted 672 days ago

Jim, thank you. They are great looking nightstands. I would never have thought to use mahogany, but it looks good with that finish. I do have a minor quibble in that it looks like you used 8 spindles (slats) on the sides. I have always seen and read that there should be an odd number. Maybe someone here can provide more input on that.

Pinto, thank you. I am really a novice when it comes to spraying. I started with TC products and have always had good luck with them, so I haven’t tried anything else for comparison purposes. Yes, the EM6000 is a lacquer. It lays down great for me. I try to apply coats in the 2-3 mil range and that flows out well without sags or orange peel. I have never had any trouble with their shellac either. I have also used their Ultima-WR stain (clear) to pop the qswo grain. It is a linseed oil emulsion. I think I must have done something wrong because it took a long time to dry and that is unusual for TC products.

P.S. My work can’t hold a candle to yours. Your dining room table is outstanding!

-- Art

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#11 posted 627 days ago

I love Mission style! Well done. Keep up the good work!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 264 days ago

This is a very beautiful table, I’m glad you pointed it out to me.

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#13 posted 235 days ago

I really like mission style. This is a nice project

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