Coffee table top with miters??

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Forum topic by dichdoc posted 06-23-2010 02:56 AM 909 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2010 02:56 AM


I have attached a picture of a coffee table I am trying to recreate for a client I have done the metal work on the legs (which was far more invloved than it looks) and have also bid the wood top and shelf. I have yet to find out if I have won the bid or not. The top is supposed to look like a solid slab (of curly maple) The one in the picture is yellow pine flooring and it appears as though the builder did a rabbet for the sides to fit into. Kind of ruins the illusion of a slab. I think she’s leaning towards a miter. I worry about it opening up and my ability to get a nice joint. I have a unisaw a cheap biscuit jointer and pocket hole capability. Any thoughts and tips besides praying I don’t get the bid?? It is 28” wide I will be able to book match wood to about 18-20” how difficult will it be to get a good grain match/look Travis

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 03:09 AM

Unique table

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 03:15 AM

To get the look you are describing, I think most pros would go with veneer.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 03:21 AM

yeah, probably veneer considering that it’s going to be curly maple ($$$) ... I presume that’s why you asked the resawing question … also, note that to truly get a “slab” effect, you’ll need to have that end rail be showing end grain.

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