Coffee Table

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Project by Marty Schlosser posted 11-16-2012 03:15 PM 1905 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Coffee Table – Maple, 38” X 52” X 20” – Design elements: Legs set at 45 degrees to the sides. They feature a gentle curve at the edge. The edge is somewhat rounded at the top, which flows to a facet as it nears the bottom. My wife called them “cow’s feet”, which caused me to work in more of a taper. Trust your spouse to be honest with you! The squareness of the main “box” contrasted too much with the asymmetrical curve of the (cow…) legs, so I added gently curved knees where the legs and cabinet join. – Finish: = Sanded to 400 grit = Staining process: To achieve the requested black colour, I first brushed on an alcohol-based stain and let dry for an hour, followed by brushing on a pigmented wiping stain and wiping it down after a few minutes. The colour was the blackest I’ve ever achieved. = Top coat was 4 spray coats of waterborne pre-catalyzed lacquer (Target Coatings 7000 high-build lacquer) = The top was a bit rough after the last coat, so I buffed it down and then laid on a few coats of furniture wax – Mortise & tenon joinery (42 mortise and tenons) – Drawers (2), through dovetails, 6mm ply bottoms, full-extension metal drawer slides

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 03:47 PM

Beautiful job sir.

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 03:54 PM

That thing “sits” beautifully.

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 07:14 PM

Wow….I like it

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 08:11 PM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 08:33 PM

Hurray for you! Wonderfully done!

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 10:04 PM

beautiful coffee table. I like the design. The way the hard angle at the bottom of the legs turns into a soft curved surface is really nice and the black finish is very well done.

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 10:57 PM

Just beautiful !

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 03:03 AM

love that table ,great job very beautiful and nice finish

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#10 posted 11-17-2012 03:56 AM

Looks like a lot of careful planning / fittting went into this one ! Interesting and clearly very functional design.

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#11 posted 11-17-2012 04:12 AM

Very nice work, I didn’t know”cows feet” could look so nice!

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#12 posted 11-17-2012 04:52 AM

Very nice! Great quality work

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#13 posted 11-17-2012 09:33 AM

Beautiful table! The quality workmanship really stands out. I would love to have this piece in my living room.

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#14 posted 11-17-2012 03:51 PM

Nice piece!

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#15 posted 11-17-2012 10:33 PM

Diggin it! Love the subtlety and complexity of the leg shape.

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