Alder and walnut coffee table

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Project by RusticBru posted 05-14-2008 05:40 AM 7669 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was an experiment with glue. No M&T joinery at all…..on purpose. Simple design, strategic glue points.
A cabinet maker friend swears by the strength of modern glue. This table is strong!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the look and strength of traditional joinery. I’m open to all options.
Really trying to keep it rustic.


-- RusticBru of Utah,

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#1 posted 05-14-2008 05:44 AM

Nice looking table. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 05-14-2008 05:51 AM

WOW!... I love that table… you’ve done a fantastic job on that one… !! My wife decorates in primitive/ rustic.

The piece in the background, did you make it too? (or just make this table to match it?)

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 05-14-2008 05:57 AM

Hi Steve,
That piece in the backround was my previous post.

-- RusticBru of Utah,

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#4 posted 05-14-2008 06:08 AM

Bruce, that is an impressive, beautiful piece.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 06:16 AM

Looks great.

So how are the bottom shelf strechers attached to the legs? Just butt joints and glue?


-- Dave.

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 10:56 AM

Nice choice of wood, it looks great.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 11:08 AM

If the glue does’nt hold can I have it to put dowel or MandT joints in it? Great looking table. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-14-2008 11:34 AM

Great looking table. Keep us posted on the results of the glue only joinery.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#9 posted 05-14-2008 12:14 PM


This is gorgeous. And congratulations on taking a different path in its construction. This is the way we learn and grow as woodworkers.

How did you finish it?

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2008 12:42 PM

Great piece Bruce! A really nice design….

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#11 posted 05-14-2008 01:46 PM

Nice design Bruce… Let us know how it holds up.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 02:20 PM

Great looking wood…. really nice lines. Wonderful piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 05-14-2008 03:41 PM

Nice looking table…hope it stands the test of time…Blkcherry

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#14 posted 05-14-2008 03:58 PM

You put out some nice work.
I love M&T but I can’t beat the speed of the Festool Domino. I highly recommend it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 05-14-2008 04:02 PM

I like this a lot. The capped off end of the top are a nice touch. It wont be getting out of line for a long time.

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