Maple coffee table

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 12-06-2014 03:13 PM 1805 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a store bought table that was too big for our living room so I made this table to fit and also to match a sofa table I had built a few years ago. This was my first attempt at quadrilinear legs and they were definitely worth all the extra effort. I cut the 45’s on the router and with some care and patience it worked well….might look to some alternative ways in the future.

The slight arch detail I roughed out and then sanded with a drum bit mounted in my drill press with a jig set up to sand the straight line….works great.

The breadboard ends I cut on the table saw and I secured them by plunging my mortise through and using some cut offs to fill. I came a bit too close to the edge doing so but thankfully no splitting.

I used Transtint Vintage Maple dye sprayed on with an HVLP sprayer…I built the color up over 3 coats and then applied 5 coats of GF satin topcoat. The dye is easy to work with and I find it has really improved my finishing. The GF products work great too!

There’s been a lot of great projects posted lately…..Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 08:15 PM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 01:23 AM

Looks gr8

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 02:01 AM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 02:33 AM

Very Nice! I love the color and finish. Do you mind sharing more about the finish? Did you use any kind of top coat to seal it? I have a maple coffee table I’m working on and am just about ready to finish it. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about maple blotching and that you shouldn’t sand beyond 180 to help avoid blotching. Did you have any difficulties with this? What grit did you finish sand to. Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 11:11 AM

I sanded to 220 then sprayed the dye mixed with water and built the color over 3 applications. Then I sprayed a General Finishes sanding sealer and sanded very lightly to 400. I hand applied 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin….this part took some patience as the top coat looked good but wasn’t quite at the sheen I was looking for and still seemed on the thin side. So, my last application I used a 50/50 blend of satin and semi gloss and applied a heavier coat with a brush and that did the trick. This is the second maple piece I’ve finished this way and have had good results with no blotching.
I’m no expert but I’ve learned to slow down and use light coats when it comes to finishing.

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 01:15 PM

I am intrigued with the look and finish too. The simple design is very attractive to me. I take it this is hard maple? Is the first photo color wrong because it shows the end piece on the top and the legs being darker than the main top piece? Other photos show it all the same stain color. I could see doing the end pieces a different color or even a different wood to add some subtle interest. Really nice job.

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 01:57 PM

Very nice table, great work.

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 02:27 PM

The table is all the same color but in certain light and angles there’s some contrast. Both pieces I’ve used the transtint have this effect.

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