Mission Style Coffee Table

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Project by dpow posted 01-08-2015 12:20 AM 2276 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted to make a mission style coffee table for a long time but could never finalize a plan in my head of the way I wanted it to look. I found numerous examples here on Lumberjocks and tried to incorporate the best features from some that I admired. While looking through a book on Mission/Craftsman style furniture, I saw a picture of a coffee table with what appeared to have what I would call a “ships grate” for a top. So, add that to the list of other features I wanted to use.
I built my version of this timeless piece of furniture using Red Oak: quarter sawn red oak as much as I could. There are 12 through mortise and tenon joints. The “ships grate” is made of 1/2” wide x 1 3/4” deep pieces of red oak interlocked together and sitting down inside a frame under the top. The 2 pieces of glass are 1/4” thick x 16” x 20”. Overall dimensions are 19” high x 23” wide x 49” long. The finish is just Minwax stain and polycrylic urethane. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 01:11 AM

Nicely done. I like the “grid effect” on the top. We have two cold-air returns in our home that are the exact same. Great detail to stay in the Mission Style.

Great job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 01:31 AM

Excellent craftsmanship and the design is spot on! Overall coloration turned out quite nice as well.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 02:03 AM

Great design, build and finish. Good for you.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 03:40 AM

I love the grid under glass, very classy and clean. Also, like the through tenons on the legs through the top. Very nice piece.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 05:13 AM

Your table has a lot of great features, and is quite handsome overall. The lower shelf and the finish are particularly attractive.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 02:56 PM

Dang, I have been looking at similar designs to go with arts and craft cabinet I built. Excellent work and finish. Not sure I could handle that many M&T joints. Need too work on my technique after my cabinet build.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 03:18 PM

I really like this. Very clean yet several eye catching features. Well done.
Did you half lap the Grid feature?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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