Coffee Table for my Granddaughters

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Project by doug_w posted 166 days ago 1063 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top has Pommele Sapele in the center surrounded by tiger maple – this pattern was to produce maching pieces of furniture to the floating-top-table that I had made for them previously. The legs are walnut with the maple lines actually being splines as the legs were not bent but rather had three 30 degree angles by cutting wedges from a solid 10/4 plank. The accents where the legs join the top are bloodwood. The objective of the design was to (1) have no sharp angles anywhere for the girls to hurt themselves on and (2) have the support for the top strong enough that they can stand or dance on the table – hence the substantial support in the center. I also wanted the legs to curve back so that it could be put in front of a couch without feet hitting legs. Since the bottom ended up so curved I added stabilizers slotted into dovetales from the bottom of each leg – they can be extended until the desired degree of rocking stability is achieved.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 166 days ago

A new family heirloom. Very nice.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#2 posted 166 days ago

Awesome looking table. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#3 posted 166 days ago

Great looking table.
I bet it is heavy. Looks like you met all your goals with this build….................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 166 days ago

I really like the design. The bottom strikes me as an upside down bow. Let the dancing begin!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 166 days ago

Truly outstanding. Both design and workmanship.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 166 days ago

Very cool design. Great build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 165 days ago

Well done

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 165 days ago

WOW doesn’t begin to describe this work of art. The design, the wood combination, the finish….....ALL outstanding!

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Mark E.

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#9 posted 165 days ago

WOW. What a great design.

Funny how 99.9% of woodworking projects end up being for the GrandKids once they arrive.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 165 days ago

Very lucky Granddaughters. I’m sure the parents are pretty grateful too. Outstanding job!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#11 posted 165 days ago

great looking coffee table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 165 days ago

Wow, that could be in a gallery somewhere.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#13 posted 165 days ago

really nice work

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