Two Tone Coffee Table for a friend

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Project by mbfunke posted 03-25-2015 03:40 PM 2237 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend and old college roommate just bought a new house and his old coffee table didn’t fit in the new space. He asked if I could help him move and “oh, can you also make me a coffee table? By next week?” He gave me the dimensions and said to make whatever I wanted. I don’t think he expected much, just a place holder until he could buy something nice.

This table was a fun build and as much for my own experimentation as his needs. It is made of stained pine because I didn’t want to charge him and had no idea how it would turn out. The stained elements were prestained so that the contrast would be crisp.

The legs are box jointed square frames made from cut down 2×4. The frames are connected with dovetails on top and bottom. The top is three pieces of pine laminated together and attached to the base frame. I tacked on some slip resistant feet in case he had tile or wood floors.

I think it turned out great and more importantly his wife loved it! She is trying to convince me to start a furniture company. That’s not gonna happen, but I took it as a compliment.

Thanks for looking :-)

-- Mike Funke

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 06:04 PM

One little element can mean so much. That dovetail stretcher is just phenomenal. Wasted a bit of time on the top one since you can’t see it, but I’m sure you have satisfaction knowing it is there.
Well done.

Happy wife, happy life. Happy friend’s wife…..... means he will be allowed to invite you over to watch sports and drink his beer. Equally as important as keeping your own wife happy in my opinion.

-- "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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#2 posted 03-25-2015 09:50 PM

wow – made of pine – this looks great!
i like the finish too – i normally don’t like pine stained at all but this looks really good
the chunky box joints add a nice touch too

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 11:53 PM

Great looking coffee table! I definitely like the two-toned look to it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 01:57 AM

Ohwoodeye, you hit the nail on the head. Gotta keep the spouse happy!

The double dovetailed stretcher on top was a sneaky trick on my part. You see, I have never cut a dovetail before, and I figured with two shots at it I could always hide a bad joint under the table. They both turned out pretty well, but I felt safer with the spare. :)

-- Mike Funke

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 03:17 AM

Beautiful work Mike love the contrast it’s excellent!

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 03:29 AM

I don’t think that dovetail is big enough.

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 04:50 AM

Nice looking coffee table. Well done.

You might like to see this.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 03-26-2015 05:44 AM

Yeah, Sorry about the pictures. I got a little lazy at the posting stage. I’ll do better next time. Thanks for the link.

And, about the dovetails…well, they aren’t subtle, but cutting dovetails in a 2×4 is an experience I just needed to have :-)

-- Mike Funke

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 12:51 PM

screw subtle, it looks awesome. i’m likin your style, man.

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 11:05 PM

That is one slick looking coffee table Mike. Love the dove tails boards joining the legs. Great work!!!

-- Richard, Temple, GA.....If I smell of sawdust then I was having fun

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 03:44 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Mike Funke

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