Carved Coffee Table

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Project by Alan Young posted 2221 days ago 1546 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the next few days I’ll be posting some pictures of projects I’ve completed in the last year or two but haven’t shared here. To begin here is a carved coffee table. Sapele for the top and Mahogany for the apron and legs.

I started work on this piece in February of 2007 and worked at it sporadically through the coming months, and while it took 7 months to complete, I didn’t do a specific logging of hours.But the real question for me was not how many hours, weeks or months I spent building this piece but rather “How long did it take to learn how to build it?” For that question I’d say I’ve been working up to this piece for at least 6 years and probably more like 10. The carving element is obviously a dominant factor in the design of the piece- but form, proportion, joinery and finish are all factors that were not easily “thrown in” when I began contemplation of this piece. Acquiring the skills to make all the factors in this furniture equation come out with a pleasing answer is a long process.While I am pleased with the result I think there are many ways that this piece could evolve in future iterations.

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#1 posted 2221 days ago

very, very nice.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#2 posted 2221 days ago

Wow, you’ve done a terrific job on this one! Fantastic!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 2221 days ago

Fantastic piece. I have no words adequate to describe.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2221 days ago

You have certainly mastered the carving part. Wow, it makes the table look so rich.

Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 2221 days ago

love it … is there a plce on the web that teaches leg making ??

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#6 posted 2221 days ago

Obviously we are going to be needing to sit at your feet and learn for a while! That is an extremely elegant piece!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 2221 days ago

OUtstanding Craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#8 posted 2221 days ago

Absolutely spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 2221 days ago

Oh my….. That is an amazing piece of work.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 2221 days ago

Love it! Thanks for posting!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 2220 days ago

Exquisite piece! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 2220 days ago

Very beautiful

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 2220 days ago

Alan, you have every reason to be so proud of this. This is truly a beautiful piece of art/furniture. The carving is phenomenal!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Alan Young

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#14 posted 2219 days ago

I appreciate everyone’s comments. As I mentioned—I spent a number of years working up to this piece. I have legs roughed out and a top almost done ready for another one. Just no room in the house for it!


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#15 posted 1881 days ago

looks great. A lot of work, but well worth it

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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