|Project by Paul||posted 01-26-2013 11:52 PM||2331 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
Completed this coffee and end table out of Cherry. It was actually a challenge, as the wood I had to work with was warped pretty bad. It had a twist in every board. I was able to salvage some pieces and work them down the best I could. Also, the longer boards, I was able to clamp and glue them straighter. The mortise and tenons that I used were thicker than normal. I figured the stress from the twist, I would need a bit stronger tenon. So, they were 3/8” thick. I ended up having to scrap over half of the wood I bought.
My wife wanted to have a glass tile / backsplash type top on it. So we found something she liked at the home depot and that became the main top. We had wandered through a few furniture stores for ideas on overall designs, and this was the design she wanted.
I got the idea for the legs out of magazine. Each leg is made up of three pieces, and then chamfered on the corners. The idea is that the glued edge would be on the edge of the chamfer, so it would look like a thicker piece of wood. I really liked that approach, and I think the legs turned out great actually.
For the frame underneath the tops, I just used a cross joice type approach. I figured with peoples feet up on the table, it would need strength underneath. Also, in the miters, I put splines in them for added strenth.
I ended up using a tinted danish oil for the finish, with a few coats of wipe on polyurethane on.
-- Paul, Iowa