|Project by Nugs||posted 08-20-2013 03:29 AM||732 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
This was my biggest project to date, an oak mission style coffee table. The frame and top border is solid oak, the shelf and top are oak veneer plywood, and the border inlay is cherry. The legs and stretchers are mortise and tenons with corner braces for support. The bars on the short side are dowelled in.
I made a mitred solid oak border around the top because I couldn’t find oak wide enough and I didn’t want to deal with any warping issues. The border and centre have rabbets for support and to help line everything up during glue up. I screwed up when I was routing the rabbet on the plywood and took a bit extra off, that’s what led to the cherry inlay. I fit the cherry in the border with a handplane and trimmed it flush with the same plane. I put in an oak bowtie to cover up some damage to the wood, I meant to have the damage at the bottom, but I routed all the pieces upside down.
The finish is Classic Cherry Wood Stain by Sherwin Williams, with Minwax Satin Spar Urethane as a topcoat. I had tried several test topcoats using a gloss poly then a wipe on satin poly, but the finish was too plastic and shiny. This Spar urethane is fairly dull, which is what I was going for.