Simple Cherry Coffee Table

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Project by bbasiaga posted 05-28-2015 02:42 AM 1558 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my latest project. This is a coffee table to go with the two end tables I made and previously posted here. You can see them in my projects list.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out. I am one of those people that can tell you everything that went wrong, point out every little flaw, and think of a bunch of things I could have done better. But if I allow myself to set all that aside and just look at the table I like it.

This was the first time I made something this long. The rough table top dimensions are 18×49”. This was a real challenge for my benchtop jointer. It did fine with face jointing the long pieces, but straightening the edges was a challenge. I ended up also building a simple planer sled to face joint the wider boards for the table top. That worked well.

I notice how this wood, with the same sanding and finishing regimen, even with finishes from the same bottles/cans, came out lighter. I know cherry darkens over time, but I can’t recall if the other tables were that light when first finished….time will tell how much this darkens. In the second photo, you can see it next to its mates. They are quite a bit darker now!

And in the last photo you can see it in place under our window. We need to get a few more matching baskets to place under it. The family room furniture is now complete! On to the next adventure!

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 02:45 AM

Very nice. Did you glue up the top yourself, or buy a panel?

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#2 posted 05-28-2015 02:57 AM

Did it myself. There are 3pieces. 7,5 and 6” each. I used 3 sets of cauls to hold it flat while the glue dried.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#3 posted 05-28-2015 10:08 PM

looks good – well done!

-- Greg Simon

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