Arts and Craft Coffee Table

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Project by Alongiron posted 605 days ago 1636 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.....

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#1 posted 605 days ago

This is a great looking coffee table.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 605 days ago

Timeless piece.

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#3 posted 605 days ago

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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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 605 days ago

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 604 days ago

Very nicely done—a truly classic look.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 604 days ago

Great looking. Nice work dad!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 604 days ago

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

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#9 posted 604 days ago

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.....

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#10 posted 604 days ago

Beautiful looking table : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

very nice, consider me inspired.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#15 posted 604 days ago

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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