Coffee Table; an Exploration in Design

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Project by CClark86 posted 03-18-2014 12:49 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun one.

Needed a general purpose coffee table for the apartment and I wanted to explore several different design elements like Greene and Greene Style finger joints and exaggerated pins. I also wanted to try my hand at doing some shop-sawn veneering for the top and bottom shelf and continuing my furniture theme of using Walnut, Cheery and Maple for natural color contrasts. Didn’t really have much of a plan beyond that and I kept changing my direction as I worked through it.

The end result is…. interesting. Reaction from family was that it looks like a table made from puzzle pieces.

It is constructed with spalted maple veneered baltic ply that is inset and then pinned to the runners with dowels. All of the spalted maple came from the same board which I thought was a neat element. The sides are cherry that are pinned mortise and tenons and exposed finger joints to each other. The pins are maple and walnut dowels that are left exposed and rounded over somewhat, some are faux and for decoration and others are pinning or supporting joints. The ‘club’ (it sort of looks like a playing card club right?) design on the sides was more of an accident than a plan but I like the curves it gives. No hardware in the table, just wood and glue. In transporting it from the woodshop to the apartment it seems sturdy enough, was a little worried as I built it with design in mind and not structure. I sat on the top to see if it would hold together and it did, so that’s something.

Lots of fun, it now holds our TV. Will be building a mate to it with an opposite color palate and will post pictures of that when I finish.



-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 01:28 PM

Impressive array of joinery.

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 02:16 PM

I like it better without the chords and the doodads.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 02:32 PM

Me too abie, sadly though the second table will likely be the one kept clear of junk

-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 05:27 PM

You explored it well! Looks great with all those various details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 12:21 AM

Very nice detailed design. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 07:07 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- I Take My Kids Everywhere! The Problem Is, They Keep Finding Their Way Back Home! (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 01:35 PM

Cool table, great and unique design and awesome joints and pins. Very nice wood combo and finish as well. Great job!

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 01:36 PM

This will definitely be a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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