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Project by Tag84 posted 01-25-2014 06:27 PM 2670 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everone,

I had time the last few weeks to make my own project again,
and A large piece of cherry left. After debating with myself i decided to make a coffeetable from what
i had laying around.
I also really wanted to try and make something with the lamination technique, something i never tried before.
It’s sort of a prototype, and i didn’t went for fancy joinery.
Besides the half lap joints of the shelf ( for magazines and like), the rest is all held together with dowels and screws/glue. Which i think still does a good job :).
Wood used is: Maple,Cherry,Walnut,Oak,beech dowels, hardwood strips for the shelf.
Finished with Tungoil.

I have made alot of construction pictures for those who are interested.

Thanks for looking!,

And i hope the site gets fixed, right now it looks like a big scratch across a ferrari! :)

-- -Thomas -

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 07:41 PM

Very interesting design. Nice work!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 07:47 PM

Hi Thomas

Interesting design on the table.

Only comment I have was that one picture with the gloved hand holding a piece of wood near the miter saw. I hope that it was cold when you took the picture and you donʻt normally wear gloves around power saws. Iʻve heard several stories where woodworkers wore gloves around a table saw and their hand was NOT a pretty sight after the saw blade got the gloved hand and pulled it into the saw blade. Just saying ….

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 08:35 PM

Again a real Thomas disign. Made with tools from a AH basket? :) Nice work Thomas.


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#4 posted 01-25-2014 09:01 PM

Whoa sweet table! cue the latte now ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 09:27 PM

Nice work Thomas,

A excellent final result.
Very good shots of the construction process.
A question, why have you got a lamp/light bulb on the workbench?
Overall construction is very appealing and demonstrates the contemporary side of wood working combined with basic joinery methods.

Keep up the good work !!

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 09:31 PM

Very different design, looks great, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 09:46 PM

A LOT of work – beautiful end result, I applaud your tenacity and talent.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 01-25-2014 10:57 PM

Beautiful. Thanks for posting so many pictures. I’m just learning and when you take the time to do that it blesses me.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#9 posted 01-25-2014 11:24 PM

All that ‘figuring’, jigging and joining has got my head to hurting. Nicely done project. I’m impressed.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 01-25-2014 11:48 PM

Nice design and build. Thanks for the process-pictures. Love the creativity.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#11 posted 01-26-2014 01:21 AM

Good to see you expanding your horizons. Definitly you!

You could post the pictures on the blog pages as a tutorial.

How would you define the piece?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 05:20 AM

Impressive design and execution.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 05:31 AM

+1 on interesting design

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 02:52 PM

Thanks alot all for your kind words! Tyvek Thanks for reminding me about safety. The ones i wear are tight fingerless gloves i use for better grip.
I see how it still could catch on the tablesaw, and instead of being able to pull your hand away get pulled in.
Although i am always carefull, i will change this thanks for that!. Rob The shoplight is to weak, the bulb gives me alot extra light :) Doc good idea about the blog!, what exactly do you mean by define? thank you!

-- -Thomas -

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#15 posted 01-26-2014 04:38 PM

Very impressive Thomas.
I really like it. Lots of fine work and details on this one.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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