Coffee table with a suprise

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Project by alholstein posted 03-28-2013 06:20 PM 3573 views 29 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second coffee table for this area. My wife designed it to hide the ottomans that we needed as the new sofa did not recline to hold our aging feet. I had to remake the ottomans as the foam cushion that we bought didn’t allow them to slide in place easily. It still is pretty tight fit. The cubbyhole in 4th picture is for the remotes. As you can see it can double area for treats when needed. It is customized with our initials and the date. That space is used for storage of a little table cloth. The shape of the legs required that I make a set of blocks to fit the leg shape in order to do the clamping. The ottomans work well and I think that they will hold up to leg pressure. Hopefully no one will try and sit on them however.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 06:28 PM


A beautiful coffee table

The legs are nicely done and I like this idea of the top in two parts

Is it simply put on the coffee table or is it with a pivot system ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 06:42 PM

I love that your table design is so multifunctional! Very clever!

-- Joe

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 06:42 PM

It has a pivot point. There is a dowel glued on the bottom leaf which extends thru to a cross member with a pin it to to prevent the top from being removed.

I used my high school algebra to determine where the pivot point should be. The formula is that x=1/4 the width and y= 1/2 the length-x. I found some plans for a similar table, but they only gave the measurements for the pivot point and not a means of determining it for a different design.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 06:50 PM


Thanks for the response

The formula for the pivot point is with the top open ?

Do you have a link for the formula ?


-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 06:54 PM

Very nice work.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 06:54 PM

A great looking coffee table and a wonderful design with the ottomans and the folding top. Everything looks like it will work perfect and the coffee table, besides having a wonderful design also looks extremely well made and finished. Impressive ingenuity and workmanship!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 07:17 PM


The formula is for the closed position. The leaf was 20 W by 34 L inches. The pivot point is 1/4 W or [ 5 ] inches in for the outside of the long side and 1/2 L – 1/4 W or 17 – 5 to give you [ 12 ] inches in from the short side (the end). You can measure that from any corner of the leaf, depending on how you want it to pivot.

I hope that is more clear now.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 07:28 PM

Great work. It looks like a very functional table.

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#9 posted 03-28-2013 08:37 PM

Awesome work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 10:37 PM

Great design and workmanship.

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 03-28-2013 10:51 PM

That is a cool coffee table. The built in ottomans are really neat.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 03-29-2013 01:25 AM

Pretty darn cool! Nicely done and looks good.

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

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#13 posted 03-29-2013 02:38 AM

Great design! very nice table.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#14 posted 03-29-2013 02:58 AM

That really came out cool Al.
The design is out of this world !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#15 posted 03-29-2013 03:15 AM

Awesome! Love this one. Thanks for sharing. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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