Arts and Craft Coffee Table

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Project by Alongiron posted 12-04-2012 09:02 PM 1956 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been awaile since completing and posting my last project. My Daughter graduated with a Masters Degree in International Public Health from University College in Dublin, Ireland this spring so we traveled there this spring to bring her back home, My Son graduated from the Indiana Police Acadamy this fall, I have been busy making and replacing all my kitchen cabinets as well as my butlers pantry (stay tuned for those is turning out really nice!) My Son popped the question to his future wife while we were in Ireland at The Balarney Castle so they have just moved into their first place and asked if I would find time to make them a coffee table. He had a piece of 1/4” 24” x 48” beveled glass so I just had to make the table around the glass. I used an idea that I modified from a plan from woodsmith to make the table. It is made from QSWO and is finished with 3 coats of shellac; brushed on the old fashion way. I sanded with 1000 grit between each coat and topped it off with 2 coats of paste wax. The table is about 54” x 26” x 16” tall. It fit just right in the kids apartment! Well back to the shop to work on the kitchen cabinets!
Thanks for reading about my table and I hope it inspires you to make one too.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 09:08 PM

This is a great looking coffee table.

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 09:31 PM

Timeless piece.

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 09:34 PM

I remember that table from Woodsmith. You did it justice!
Great work indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 10:51 PM

You did a great job making that beautiful table!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 11:30 PM

Very nicely done—a truly classic look.

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 12:35 AM

Great looking. Nice work dad!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 02:28 AM

Yea, If anyone is interested, here is the link to download the plans for free.

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#9 posted 12-05-2012 02:37 AM

Thanks for sharing the link for the project and thanks to all for the comments! This was a fun project to build. I have a dedicated mortising machine which helps a lot but the what really makes a difference is the finish. If you have never used 1000 grit sandpaper between coats..your missing out on a great traditional finish followed by a couple coats of hand rubbed wax.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#10 posted 12-05-2012 03:00 AM

Beautiful looking table : )

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#11 posted 12-05-2012 05:20 AM

Awesome table. I’ve got one in the works right now of a semi-same design. My mortise machine is hand and chisel – it’s probably slower going, but I’m almost done with the frame. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#12 posted 12-05-2012 01:10 PM

The mortise and tenon joints in this alone is enough to deter me from attempting it. Great gob sir.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 03:06 PM

Very nice A&C design. I am thinking about something similar to this, but with tile inserts. I am going to add this to my “favorites” for sure. Thanks!

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

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 06:15 PM

very nice, consider me inspired.

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#15 posted 12-05-2012 09:59 PM

Nice, I am working on something similar right now. We recently moved to a new home and I have a pieces of 19×32 granite from the kitchen of our old home. I am building a similar table based around this piece.

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