Walnut Coffee Table

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Project by Woodhacker posted 05-11-2008 02:20 AM 3043 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “coffee” table I made for my nephew and his wife as a wedding gift 2 & ½ years ago. The design was taken from some photos of a style my nephew liked. The top is a solid 4/4 stock walnut panel surrounded by a 12/4 stock frame. The frame is mitered and I used a ½ inch “locking” key vertically through the miter and perpendicular to the joint. The grain of the keys also run perpendicular to the miter joint. The top and frame are tongue and grooved together.

The finish is 4 coats of satin wipe-on poly/oil blend which was hand rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and paste wax. If you’d like to see more details of the construction, I posted a blog at:

There’s been talk of matching end tables. We’ll see how that goes.

-- Martin, Kansas

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

Impressive Martin! what a great gift! I love the way the underside of the top looks! that’s some intricate machining. did you use templates?

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 03:08 AM

Very unique design, Martin. There must be a whole walnut tree in that table. I read your other post and glad to hear it’s holding up well. I was a little concerned about all of the cross grain joint you had in this table. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 03:13 AM

Very ambitious, and nice, cool even. Wow, I like it. Can you show us a pic of the underside assembled?


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#4 posted 05-11-2008 04:18 AM

Very weighty looking. I really like the table. Looks almost like a huge rocks assembled. I don’t know if that what you were going for but In really like it.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 04:23 AM

That is one gorgeous table. I love the grain patterns and the very substantial design lines.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 05:19 AM

I love the modern aesthetic, and this is a great design in the style.

I read the blog. The modern work is always technically more challenging than the finished project lets on.

You did a fabulous job and I love this piece!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 07:01 AM

Great looking table. Looks like a lot of work went into it. Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 12:57 PM

This is a beautiful table and you did a wonderful job on this piece.

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

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matt garcia

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 10:29 PM

Man I’m getting dizzy from all that wavy grain!! Just gorgeous walnut, and a great design!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 07-29-2008 07:11 AM

Very unique design,Great looking table.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 11:33 PM

I like that, gonna steal the idea but don’t tell anyone.


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