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Project by cstrang posted 04-07-2013 08:19 PM 4180 views 49 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this coffee table for myself, the old coffee table I had is now a stand for my turtle tank. I have been looking for a good excuse to make a nice “fun” project for a while now and I wanted to make something with no mechanical fasteners because its been a while since I got to do something like that as well. I used mortise and tennion, dovetails, dowels and biscuits. The materials are maple for the frame and walnut for the top, I had everything in the shop from previous jobs. I did stain the top american walnut to bring out a more even tone, I used up all the 6/4 walnut I had and some of it was a bit too blond for my liking. I also decided to go with a “floating top” design, I have been looking for a job to try this on for a while now, I think its a neat look. thanks for looking!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 08:27 PM

Beautiful coffee table! Great job!

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 08:50 PM

I really like the floating top appearance and the dovetailed cross members!

That Walnut top turned out beautifully, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 09:09 PM

Beautiful. It looks really made too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 09:52 PM

Great Chris, as usual. There is something different about making things for yourself, you get to see it every day.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 10:11 PM

great looking table!!

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 11:15 PM

Very nice design, and the woodwork is great too.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 11:32 PM

great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 11:59 PM

This table is great, nice wood selection and the floating top is perfect. I’ve added this to my favorites.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 12:14 AM

Really cool design and nice craftsmanship! Well done!

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 01:00 AM

Love that design! All your joinery looks perfect. Great job and a beautiful table.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 01:12 AM

Nice looking table. I like the floating top.

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 01:30 AM

That is truly an awesome table! Well done sir!

You mentioned that you stained the walnut top, what is the rest of it finished with? Coffee table is something on my list too but I’ve been curious about making a durable natural finish.. Thanks!


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#13 posted 04-08-2013 01:50 AM

beautiful table chris, its got that nice modern look , i think you need to let me come and add some rustic to it…lol..this will be great to look at all the time knowing you made it, as time goes by and you need more furniture, you can make it all…enjoy it.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 04-08-2013 02:21 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

7Footer, the top is stained with three coats of lacquer and the frame is just three coats of lacquer. If the walnut I had was a more even colour i wouldn’t have stained it.

Grizz, shop door is always open! However if you add too much rustic… well, I’m sure you can refinish right? haha

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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