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Elliptical Quartersawn Sapele Coffee Table

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Project by Michael Sanders posted 310 days ago 1589 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I built for myself. The top was made originally for a restaurant, but the size did not work out. I was able to get it for free, knowing that I would eventually build a base for it to be my coffee table. It sat atop a base from another table for a while, what I call “frankenfurniture.” Eventually I had the time and material to build the base I wanted.

It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to build the base. I don’t build traditional furniture and didn’t want want four legs with a curved skirt. I also wanted a drawer that would slide out of either side of the table. I was actually inspired by some different conference table designs with two big chunky legs that support the whole mass of the top. So I sketched it by hand. And then I discovered Sketchup, so I used my potential design to figure out the program. I had terrific results, and haven’t looked back since. (I included both the hand sketch and the Sketchup model)

I reshaped and refinished the top. The legs of the table were sculpted out of 10/4 material. The construction of the base is pretty straight forward. Nothing too complicated. Two legs with dados to accommodate the drawer, connected by two upper stretchers and two lower stretchers that support the shelf. The drawer is screwed and capped because it would have been ridiculous to try and dovetail around the dado in the side of the drawers that accepted the glued in drawer slide.

It is finished with a 50% cut minwax poly, wiped on 3x. and Briwax to finish the finish, as I like to do.

-- Michael Sanders, Charleston, SC, "Tight joints and clean lines"





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Buckethead

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#1 posted 310 days ago

Beautiful table. The design is very appealing and well balanced. What type of wood? It’s beautiful. (And looks quite expensive)

You mention sketchup… Did you find it easy to use, and if so, are you previously CAD experienced?

And how on earth did you get that bevel on the table top?

-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.

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Michael Sanders

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#2 posted 310 days ago

Buckethead- It is constructed of sapele, an african hardwood. I do have a little CAD experience, but Sketchup is incredibly intuitive. I watched some tutorials and picked it up in a day or so. The bevels were done by hand with a powered hand planer.

-- Michael Sanders, Charleston, SC, "Tight joints and clean lines"

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Albe

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#3 posted 310 days ago

Very nice coffee table I especially like the draw and the handle contrast. I am goin to be making a entertainment center and may use Sapele is it hard to work with?

-- Pain is temporary, quitting last forever.

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 310 days ago

gorgeous table. The design is quite striking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 310 days ago

Hang on a minute..you just can’t blurt out “Elliptical Quartersawn Sapele Coffee Table” and then not show us a picture of the top !!

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Ottacat

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#6 posted 310 days ago

Really striking. You realized your design quite beautifully.

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Beautiful table Michael…I love the way you have done the table top…..the whole table is excelent.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 309 days ago

interesting drawer runner into the face frame..quite a nice table

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 309 days ago

Nice looking design and well executed. Welcome to Lumberjocks, Michael.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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stefang

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#10 posted 309 days ago

Wonderful design and excellent work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 309 days ago

A real work of art. Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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mcoyfrog

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#12 posted 309 days ago

Great design, and welcome to LJ you will enjoy it here.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Gittyup

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#13 posted 309 days ago

Very sharp design.

-- tel

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