"Abuelo" Oak and Walnut Coffee table

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Project by jscwoodworks posted 04-28-2017 01:01 AM 1022 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The Name: About a week before my grandfather passed we had a conversation about this table. We talked about the design and the joinery I was thinking about using. He never took up woodworking himself and once told me “I can cut a board twice and it will still be too short.” Since this was my first build after he passed I decided to name the design “Abuelo” in his honor.

The Design: Nothing too unique here. I saw a table online with angled legs and wanted to scale it down to make a coffee table. My wife wanted on a lower shelf so I changed the design to incorporate the oak panel.

The Construction: I salvaged some red oak timbers from a local home. I was told the home was over seventy years old and the entire home was red oak and poplar studs. The oak was pretty gnarly so I filled all the knots with total boat epoxy and added breadboards. The walnut base has a 7 degree angle on the side assemblies. I did half laps here which I pinned with dowels. Everything else is mortise and tenon.

Finished with wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking and leave any comments and/or constructive criticism.

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#1 posted 04-28-2017 02:00 AM

Gorgeous! I love the design and the wood choices! Certainly something that any Abuelo would be proud of!

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