Walnut and Purpleheart Coffee Table

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Project by descolada posted 11-13-2013 07:21 PM 1071 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top is made of five 6” walnut boards with 8/4 bread boards. The profile on the breadboards were cut by a raised panel bit up top and a monster 3” diameter round-over bit on the bottom.

The legs are tapered and mortised flush with the top. The hope was to have the leg top to sit a bit proud of the top, but my mortises were not clean enough to show. It ends up looking better with the little caps glued on as it’s not end-grain and everyone who has seen it thinks it’s just a continuation of the leg below (woodworkers would immediately notice that the caps are clearly not end-grain).

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 08:06 PM

I like this so much I might have to swipe your design. And to be honest, the caps look pretty good to me, although as a woodworker I would see it right away, as I am sure you do every time you look at it.

Is there any apron between the legs? It looks like you simply put the legs into the 8/4 top.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 09:53 PM

Very nice coffee table, nice fine tapered legs…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 12:36 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Sharing.


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#4 posted 11-14-2013 06:30 AM

Thanks guys. This is definitely one of those cases where a like the work-around better than the original plan. Still bugs me a little every so often when I remember why ;-)

I didn’t use any aprons for this, it was just a through tenon about 1” square with 1/2” shoulders on the legs. I waited until I had everything ready for glue-up before I made the go/no-go decision on aprons and was happy with the stability with everything held together with clamps, so went with the cleaner design. You could sturdy it up a bit with aprons, but it’s plenty stable for my uses (resting my legs and board games).

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