Arts and Crafts Tile Coffee Table

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Project by RussJohnson posted 04-26-2015 02:09 PM 1627 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made coffee table with a bit of arts and crafts inspiration on the legs. My wife is really good with tile and she came up with the idea to tile the center of it. We used 3 pre-fab’ed 1’x1’ glass & slate tile squares to make the center – the kind that come stuck together on a plastic mesh that you have to fill in with grout. The tile is mounted to a recessed 3/4” piece of plywood and flush with the rest of the table top. I was surprised at how much weight the tile added to the table.

Did a couple things different with this project. First was this is my first project since I installed the Kreg t-track bench clamps on my bench. Those things are great and make it like your working with another set of hands. Secondly I used danish oil instead of stain. Loved it! It’s darn near idiot proof compared to ordinary oil stain (I used whatever minwax sells in Lowes). I just poured it on, wiped it down and repeat after waiting 30 mins for it to soak in. No blotchyness at all. The third thing I did different with this project was I used my card scraper almost exclusively instead of sand paper. Going from planer to scraper gave a acceptable surface, though I did used the ROS sander to level out some of the joints, but then scrapped over that.

Pretty easy project. Cheated and used pocket screws, but the holes are not visible when the table is put together. Still trying to come up with a good system to do mortise and tenon joints. I would really recommend checking out danish oil, I’m going to start using that as my go-to wood colorizer.

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 01:40 AM

You can’t go wrong with the A & C style. I like the tile top. It makes for a nice contrast…durable too.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 07:35 PM

Nice work,enjoy the coffee!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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