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MaroonGoon

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179 days ago

I’m posting some pics of the coffee table I’m designing. It’ll be from cherry and walnut with two drawers using curly cherry as the drawer fronts. Let me know what you guys think or if you have any advice or recommendations for the design.

Thanks for looking,
Maroon

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso


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MaroonGoon

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#1 posted 179 days ago

The dimensions seem to be hard to see. It is 24” wide, 42” long and 18” tall. The breadboard ends and walnut edges are 3” wide, the cherry boards (2 glued together x 2) are 8.25” wide and the center walnut strip is 1 1/2” wide.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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swoper

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#2 posted 179 days ago

I like it, clean design and the cherry is my favorite. With winter keeping me out of my shop I am looking for spring time projects and I might copy your idea to a desk format.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 179 days ago

Quite Nice! Are the legs tapered on two adjacent sides? Drawers seem to appear proportional to the table, maybe could be a tad more shallow depending what you intend to store.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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MaroonGoon

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#4 posted 179 days ago

swoper feel free to use it. Yes, Handtooler the legs are tapered on two sides.

Once I examined the design, it seemed to me the drawers might be a tad large or wide, even though the proportions fit. Maybe if I used three drawers instead of two, it can maintain the proportions while decreasing the size of each individual drawer.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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Handtooler

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#5 posted 179 days ago

You’re still in the design phase, so play around and decide what most appeals to you and your spouse.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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distrbd

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#6 posted 179 days ago

What about the size of the tapered legs,are you planing on keeping them narrow and clean looking or chunky and thick?the picture bellow is a similar design but it’s made out of reclaimed wood:

-- Ken from Ontario

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BigRedKnothead

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#7 posted 179 days ago

Looks pretty good. To my eye the legs could be a little thicker. But some of that’s just preference.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 179 days ago

I like it a lot! Good clean lines. The other guys got me thinking about the legs as well. I might adjust the legs to be the same width as the separation between the drawers. It may me a grand total of 1/2 inch more thickness?

Regardless – it will be awesome!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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TheWoodenOyster

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#9 posted 179 days ago

Just make sure you have a plan for those breadboard ends. The difference in shrinkage and expansion of the different plank orientations will cause the breadboard ends to move at a different rate than the rest of the top. When I did my breadboard ends, I had no idea what I was doing. Luckily, I tongue and grooved the ends on and they have remained pretty stable. The top boards running longways shrink and expand about 2 mm from winter to summer. Let me know if you have no idea what I am talking about and I will explain further, as will others I bet

Other than that, I like it. It looks almost exactly like my very first woodworking project which was a maple coffee table. Useful and pleasing to the eye.

Good Luck!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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TheWoodenOyster

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#10 posted 179 days ago

Holy Cow!!! I just saw your MaroonGoon name and figured you might be an aggie. Turns out we walked the same halls and probably sat in the same seats in class. We definitely ogled the same tools in the shop. I was class of 2010, graduated Construction Science.

GIG EM AGS!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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wseand

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#11 posted 179 days ago

I like it.
The only thing is the top seems a bit out of proportion. Maybe it needs to be a couple of inches longer. Maybe its just the measurement lines throwing me off.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Lee Barker

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#12 posted 178 days ago

Lots of helpful thoughts here.

If those are floating panels, keeping the grooves clean, and scooting things around, could be annoying. A glass top would be a workaround.

Or a flat top with breadboard ends.

If that were mine, I’d make the drawers wood on wood and pullable from either side. Flush mount ring pulls would be a nice touch.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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MaroonGoon

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#13 posted 178 days ago

Great advice guys, its truly appreciated! I’m glad there has been some thought put in on the legs, I could definitely see them thickening up a little bit..I was trying to match them to the end table I made but obviously.. a bigger table needs bigger legs!

Right now, the legs above are 1.5” wide, I might laminate two pieces together to make it 2”- 2.5” wide and taper it down to 1” at the bottom.

Oyster how funny! We probably did! Would you happen to have pictures of your breadboard ends process? This will be my first attempt at breadboard ends…

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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dhazelton

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#14 posted 178 days ago

I think it looks pretty sexy as is. The thinner legs are delicate and make the body seem like it’s floating, kind of a Shaker esthetic. Make it be whatever YOU and your significant other wants. We don’t live in your house – don’t let us tell you what it should look like.

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