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Project by squaretree posted 04-15-2014 09:15 PM 1077 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always liked mid-century modern furniture, and this was my first attempt at something in that genre. Although it was one of the simplest projects I’ve completed, it turned out to be one of my favorites. The sides, top and back are all mitred, so the trickiest part was clamping everything squarely. I had picked up a couple hundred board feet of spalted maple off of Craigslist, and it seemed to be the natural choice for this project. There are all kinds of little “worm holes” and defects that I absolutely love. I purposefully centered one of the larger holes right in the middle of one of the tops. For finish I used a water based poly in order to keep the wood as light in color as possible. Overall it was a fun project to build. I built a companion coffee table that I will post as well. Thanks for looking.

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 09:20 PM

Nice job, really cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jos

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 11:20 PM

The look great, nice work. Where are the legs from?

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squaretree

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 11:31 PM

Jos, I ordered those from dlawlesshardware.com
I highly recommend them for hardware and they give free shipping on orders over $50

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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watermark

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 06:43 AM

Great work! I really like the design and the spalting and other character in the wood

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#5 posted 04-16-2014 08:45 AM

Well done great wood choice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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doitforfun

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#6 posted 04-16-2014 01:24 PM

Looks great. Adding that to my project queue for sure.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 08:23 PM

Really like those. Care to share how you made the miters ? They look like a very nice fit.

-- Julien

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#8 posted 04-16-2014 08:50 PM

I too like the legs,it makes a nice finishing touch, and looks the part when combined together. A great design and execution IMHO Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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squaretree

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 01:10 AM

Thanks, Julien. I cut the mitres on my tablesaw with a sled. I went to great lengths making sure everything was square, the blade was perfectly 45 degrees, there was no play in the T-slot, etc… and then just held my breath. I’m not going to lie, I was a little surprised they came together so well.

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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Buckethead

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#10 posted 04-18-2014 02:41 AM

These tables are most excellent. Very appealing design. Top craftsmanship… Beautiful lumber… Well done.

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