Queen Anne Coffee Table

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Project by ChuckV posted 12-16-2012 03:58 PM 1993 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this coffee table from a Woodsmith plan. This was my first experience with cabriole legs. I’m glad that I had some plans for this learning experience. Also, since the rest of this project is fairly simple, I was able to concentrate my time on making the legs. It was also a good lesson on the use of files and rasps.

I made the table from cherry and finished it with Danish oil, de-waxed shellac and satin finish polyurethane.

The two photos below are a “dog’s and drunk’s view” of the underside of the table.

The first shows one of the table top fasteners that I bought from Rockler. This is the first time that I’ve tried this method. It works great for a lightweight table like this. The next photo shows the date (12-12-12) and the mysterious squares made of bloodwood, black walnut and maple.

These photos show the markings on the leg blanks with transition blocks before cutting.

We enjoyed the cutoffs from the legs.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 04:53 PM

This turned out very well nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 05:43 PM

That is very nice, you should be proud.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 06:01 PM

Nice looking coffee table. The cherry looks really nice. So what are the mysterious squares?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 08:02 PM

That’s, a very attractive table.
Nice work for a learning experience.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 08:17 PM

This came out very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 08:33 PM


About those squares. Well, when I started to cut the first mortise, I realized that I had the wrong edge against the fence on the machine!

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 08:36 PM

Nice table, great looking legs. Something to be proud of.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 08:41 PM

Great job – especially the legs!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 08:43 PM

Very nice work.

Now are you going to try carving some ball and claw feet? Maybe for a lowboy.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 10:18 PM

Lovely table and fine lines. Well done. Nice firewood as well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 11:00 PM

Very nice work

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

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 12:01 AM

A handsome table. Give it a couple of hundred years and it will turn nice and dark !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 12:30 AM

That’s an interesting point about the cherry darkening. I made a cherry end table about seven months ago. The cherry in the end table and this table are from the same tree and were finished in the same way. I am amazed at how much darker and richer the end table already is, even though it gets very little direct sunlight.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 12:38 AM

Beautiful coffee table.

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 12:41 AM

very impressive build ,love the cherry

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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