Mid Century Modern, Maple Living Room Set

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Project by descolada posted 07-04-2016 12:29 AM 1624 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for some friends of mine who are furnishing their new house one room at a time. I’ve always like this style of furniture but it didn’t really fit with the rest of my house and so was happy to hear they wanted something like this when I offered to build something for them. Their son likes it too as he loves hiding inside the table.

The coffee table was built with continuous grain across the top and the sides. This made for some interesting challenges as I did as much of the work as possible before cutting the mitered corners. The stock I had on hand wasn’t long enough to do that with the side tables, so I made those from two boards each and got the continuous grain from the top to the side that faces away from the couch. The miters are joined with dominos.

This was the first chance I had to bust out a new (to me) crowning plane and I really love the way it came out on this project and it really makes for some interesting shadows and lines. It’s really hard to get the depth of the profile to match exactly for such long boards, but after a few minutes with my rasps they matched up perfectly.

I usually work with darker and figured woods and so usually go straight for oil finishes, but after putting these together I decided to keep it as light as possible and gave it a few coats of general finishes water based poly. The wife originally wanted these stained darker, but I convinced her to take a look at them in her house with the clear finish first and told her I could always put a darker stain on later if she wanted. After seeing them in the living room for the first time she said she would not be taking me up on that offer.

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 01:28 AM

Very cool….....I like the style, well done…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 02:04 PM

Awesome work, great design!!!

-- Paul Mayer,

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 05:33 PM

Love it!

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 05:40 PM

Beautiful design, great execution!

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#5 posted 07-06-2016 09:27 PM

I’m a fan of this style of furniture. These are very nice and I like your attention to detail (e.g. grain lines).

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