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03-18-2016 01:53 PM

I have a piece of white oak 13” × 60” × 1.5” with a live edge along part of one side. I wanted to try my hand at a coffee table. Is it too narrow?


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#1 posted 03-18-2016 02:03 PM

I’d say it was a bit narrow, can’t you get another board?

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 02:13 PM

Ditto that, but about perfect for a sofa table.

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 02:54 PM

Two great ideas. And, yes, I have another board. Any suggestions as to the best width for a coffee table?

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 10:25 PM

A book that I refer to frequently states that coffee tables are between 15” to 18” high, 18” to 30” wide “and quite variable in length…...”

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 10:34 PM

If you cut it in two and glued the pieces together and plane the top it would make a nice end table top.

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#6 posted 03-18-2016 10:39 PM

When I made my living room furniture I based all on the size of the room and the size of my furniture, since the length of my couch is shorter then a regular one I made the coffee table a bit shorter and a rectangle not a square, as some are, in larger rooms.

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 09:51 PM

Thanks for all the feedback! I decided to build a coffee table. Grabbed another board and it is now 18”-21” wide X 1” thick X 48” long – both sides live edge. The bases (legs?) are 1” thick X 18” wide and will be at angles to each other.

My question is how to best attach the bases to the top. I was thinking mortise and tenon with epoxy resin but I am concerned about two things: 1) the tenons won’t be very long (the top is only 1” thick so they can’t be more than 5/8”) and 2) I’m afraid of movement in the top. FYI – the wood has been hanging out in my barn loft for 7 or 8 years.

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 10:17 PM

Many different ways depending the total design. A pic or drawing of the finished project would help.

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#9 posted 03-21-2016 10:15 PM

Here is the new top turned upside down with one of the two bases.I hope this gives you enough of an idea to give me suggestions for joining the bases to the top.

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#10 posted 03-21-2016 10:18 PM

Oops. Sorry. Here is the picture.

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#11 posted 03-21-2016 10:39 PM

A # of ways, dowels, if un seen metal 90* brackets, but I would think you want some cross joining for the 2 sides/legs to connect the 2 to keep it from racking.

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#12 posted 03-21-2016 10:44 PM

Good idea. A stretcher would suffice I assume. Can I glue or epoxy the bases to the top?

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#13 posted 03-21-2016 11:32 PM


Good idea. A stretcher would suffice I assume. Can I glue or epoxy the bases to the top?

- docspencer


No end grain, will not hold, maybe Kreg pocket screws it you have there stuff, in combination with a stretcher lower.

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#14 posted 03-22-2016 12:01 AM

Some of those metal table top clips?

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#15 posted 03-22-2016 12:56 AM

docspencer,
ya I was thinking the same but did not mention it without a skirt for the top. I used them on a work bench top that had a skirt on the perimeter. I had to cut/recess the skirt for where they mount on the skirt.

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