Limbert-Style Coffee Table

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Project by pashley posted 404 days ago 1617 views 20 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My rendition of Greg Paolini’s Limbert-style coffee table, as seen in Fine Woodworking.

I used banding on the edge of the top and shelf; trying to give it a little more refinement, and avoid issues with staining end grain. Additionally, I just think it is more attractive than end grain.

Of course, all quarter-sawn white oak. The finish is my special recipe, which you can download here.

It’s a present for my wife’s birthday very soon. She’s always saying “You make stuff for other people and never for me!” Well, cross that off my check list!

It was a surprisingly easy project.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 404 days ago

I love Limbert’s work and this is an outstanding interpretation of it! Very, very beautiful. Thanks for posting, but do you have more photos for us to enjoy?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 404 days ago


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#3 posted 404 days ago

Brandon, I added another…not a great shot, but not bad either. :)

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#4 posted 404 days ago

Thanks! Actually that second photo helps a lot because from the angle of the first photo I wasn’t sure if the table was circular or elliptical. Again, what a fine table you have there.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 404 days ago

Looks great. You can always tell a Limbert inspired piece. I like the finish, and the material used. Nice photos, and nice living room too.

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

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#6 posted 404 days ago

Beautiful table and the idea of banding to cover the end grain is great. Never thought of doing that, have stored that little gem of information away for my next build…...great job.

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

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#7 posted 404 days ago

Pashly, this looks to be a very nicely executed project. You are definitely going to score some major points with your wife.

I also like your finish a lot. Coincidently, I use the TT Honey Amber as the base for the formula I use. I choose to go a little darker than you do, but your formula is very attractive and I will keep it for reference.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#8 posted 404 days ago

Sweet table. Nice project and great results!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 404 days ago

Very nice work ,the coolest .

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#10 posted 404 days ago

Your table is beautiful. Thanks also for sharing your finish recipe. I am going to give it a try.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 403 days ago

Very nice work!

-- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

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#12 posted 403 days ago

QS White Oak is my favorite, and you nailed it here . Really nice table. That wood is out of this world.

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#13 posted 403 days ago

Great work!

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#14 posted 403 days ago

Very nice. My version was shorter, but I also streamlined the leg profile which I think is visually better. Interestingly, mine was also built for my wife. I built a festival things for her but she did not like them (so I gave them to some one else). I told her you pick something and this was what she chose. She loves it.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#15 posted 403 days ago

That is a real beauty ! She should love it : )

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