The Red Top Table

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Project by Chelios posted 04-22-2010 04:52 AM 1952 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a great padauk board for a while and I had been wanting to use it in a project where I didn’t have to cut it up. I also needed a personal coffee table for when I browse LJs, or I am watching a movie. I like to eat something or have a cold one. So I made this taller than a regular coffee table and also put the two boards for support and to have a place for magazines.

The top started out bright orange and after the finish it has slowly become more red and I understand ultimately it will be brown. I think the contrast with the maple legs will really look good then but we will see.

This was also my best job finishing yet. I learned a whole lot from it and your advise. Makes me want to go back and redo other projects….maybe I willl do that.

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 05:44 AM

I like the simple design and the use of the Padauk. It is one of my favorite woods. I can imagine putting my feet (shoe less of course) on this with my laptop on my lap and browsing LJ’. Nice work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 07:29 AM

Yep, the design is great and the top will be a treasure for years to come. Can you share how you attached the top to the legs?


-- Jim

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 12:40 PM

Very cool design of the cross supports to the legs. Awesome design.

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 02:09 AM

Robert, Jim and Yekrub. Thanks for the comps guys. I am really glad I finished the table because I will get to use it a lot and because now I have room for the next project.

Jim… the legs are attached with birch dowels. It was a bit tricky lining them up. I had asked for advise on attaching the legs and I thought I would try wedge tennons per the advise on my blog. But I didn’t have the heart to cut mortises in that nice padauk and I was worried I would split my top with the wedges since I have never done them before. So dowels seemed like the best option. I turned out pretty solid

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