Simple First Coffeetable

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Project by GerardW posted 07-15-2013 05:09 PM 1602 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first LumberJocks project! Yay!

A friend of mine wanted a real hardwood coffee table. I did some sketchup designs for her, according to rough dimensions she gave me based on her living room setup. The legs are 12/4 soft maple (cut down to 2 3/4), the top, apron and dowels are walnut, and the breadboard ends are hard maple.

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice on this, particularly to avoid the panel of doom which I was originally intending for the top. The breadboard ends worked out nicely and even look good. I cut the two outer holes of the tongue to allow for movement in the wood as well.

My friend has yet to pick it up (even though she already reimbursed me for the materials, as well as a little money for me as a thank you), but so far my wife says that she would like to keep it. Hah!

-- Gerard in Bowie MD

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 05:41 PM

That Walnut is gorgeous ! Nice job on the breadboard ends : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 10:03 PM

Very nice coffee table the walnut grain is beautiful. You did a great job, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 12:14 AM

Well this certainly won’t kill anyone, excepting maybe by its good looks (read your bio). This is real fine work for your first build but do make something just as nice for your wife next time out. She’ll let you buy more tools if you do.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 12:18 AM

Very nice job on this beautiful table. It certainly does not look like my first coffee table! (it sucked big time!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 01:16 AM

You did a great job on this.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 03:57 PM

Great looking table, very well crafted and looks sturdy. Like the design and wood choices, walnut is amazing. Great job and you have to make another one for the wife.

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