Coffee Table w/Storage

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Project by Don Broussard posted 02-12-2013 12:53 AM 2123 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a little shop time today since it’s the day before Mardi Gras – we call that Lundi Gras here in south Louisiana.

I finished the coffee table with storage for magazines or remote controls for my son and daughter-in-law. They just built a house and had some leftover construction materials. I brought some of the materials to my shop and designed and built this. It looks like a piano stool.

The base is cypress, and the top is a pine frame with remnants of their living room floor in the middle. The joinery is mortise and tenon. The inside bottom is also pine with hand planed bevels to make it look like tongue and groove boards. I didn’t put pegs in the joinery since this is a low-load application. However, if someone has a few adult beverages and dances on the coffee table, there could be trouble. Nothing real fancy, but it gets the job done.

Overall dimensions are 36” long, 16” wide and 18” high. Storage area is about 5” deep.

BTW, they don’t know I made this, so don’t tell them. Promise?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 03:56 AM

I like the storage idea, looks great!

-- "The Cedar King"

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 04:53 AM

Nice table Don. That will be a nice surprise for your son and his wife. You might be wrong about the dancing, it looks pretty solid.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 06:07 AM

The storage idea seems like a natural but few people do it. Nice build…..................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 04:13 PM

Thanks for the comments/compliments. Adding storage seemed like such a easy thing to do. I actually showed my son the LJ website and pulled up some coffee table projects, and he commented to me on one that he liked. The idea was one that I “leveraged” from another LJ. I wish I had noted whose project we lifted so I could give proper credit to him/her.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 08:33 PM

Great looking piece of furniture.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 09:28 PM

Awesome table! Like the wood combination and specially the storage.


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#7 posted 02-13-2013 10:43 PM

Fishinbo, always out there shilling. Probably a sock puppet for Surfside.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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