coffe table/magazine rack/ ottoman

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Project by alholstein posted 05-02-2008 07:37 AM 1536 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a combination project that my wife designed. It was based on a photo in an sales catalog. Her addition was to make the top a folding top that swivels to double in size for having snacks on while watching TV. We located the swivel point using a CAD program and a cardboard mock up for the top. It is a 1/4 bolt with a nut inset in the bottom half of the top. There is a little space under the top that you can get to when it is rotated before it is unfolded which can be used for storage of napkins etc.

I was lucky and found a solid one piece of mahogany that was wide enough that I didn’t have to do and gluing up. I thought that it would like warp but it hasn’t. The legs are made from 5/4 of a mahogany decking wood that works up nice. I used a natural stain again, but is it a redder that we would have liked it to be. The ottoman feature is when I put a pillow on it and for resting my feet.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 07:45 AM

Very nice looking table. You did a great job on it. Thanks for popsting.

God Bless

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 11:35 AM


This is a beautiful table. Mahogany is such a gorgeous wood and you did it justice here. It is nice to see that you and your wife are working together as a team. From the design and engineering of this project you seem to compliment each other well.

Nice post. Thanks for sharing this project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 12:42 PM

Hey, a great looking table! Love the top. Kudos to your wife!

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 01:45 PM

Very nicely done. Like the design. Multi. task project. Good design.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 02:54 PM

Nice table. Kudos to your wife on the design, and you on the construction.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-02-2008 04:22 PM

Al, Great looking table, the area under the top sounds great to hide the remote. I still haven’t figured out how the top looks centered when opened. Sure your not part magician (ha, ha). Keep the projects coming, love checking them out.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#7 posted 05-02-2008 04:43 PM

Great idea, NICE JOB!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 05-03-2008 07:19 AM

I can’t remember for sure how we knew what the pivot point was to be. She did a full scale print out from her CAD program and we tested it then. I just measured it again, it is pretty well centered with before it is folded out, but when it is folded out is is off from 1/4 to 1/2 inch. But it overhangs about 5 inches on each side so the differences aren’t noticeable.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 05-03-2008 10:08 PM

A great table. You wife found a great design. You created it perfectly. Looks like a great ptoject.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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