Coffee table

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Project by iminmyshop posted 09-28-2017 01:13 AM 3904 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A cherry coffee table with maple sides. The sides’ curve was obtained by coopering multiple pieces. Some people don’t like the cherry sapwood. I find that it adds character and try to make use of it.

To get the proportions that I wanted, after the intial sketches, the project was begun with a cardboard refrigerator box cut into the desired shape. Multiple mockups were made until I (and my wife) was satisfied. Easy to use Sketchup (free CAD software) was also used so I could “see” what it would look like before starting to build it. Above is an earlier version. As seems to be usual for me, the design took longer than the actual project.


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#1 posted 09-28-2017 01:47 AM

Great design. Great build.

I understand why people like perfectly uniform wood. For me I like using the sapwood. It’s part of nature also.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-28-2017 01:50 AM

Great looking table.
It depends on how the sapwood looks whether to use it or not.
You made good selections and placement that adds interest to the top.
Good Job.

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#3 posted 09-28-2017 03:08 AM

A unique and very interesting table that is also well made.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 09-28-2017 03:39 AM

That is a fine looking table. Very unique and with the contrasting colors of wood.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 09-28-2017 04:34 AM

Nice design

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#6 posted 09-28-2017 04:34 AM

Unique and cool nice work.


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#7 posted 09-28-2017 11:54 AM

Very creative design.

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#8 posted 09-28-2017 01:45 PM

I like the design, and your wood choices, including the cherry sap wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-28-2017 02:20 PM

love your design using one of my favorites-cherry.i definitly like and use use sapwood whenever possible.i usually buy lower grade wood just to get sapwood, knots and other defects that most people cut out and throw away.beautiful job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 09-28-2017 03:23 PM

Well done! I too prefer sap wood in my projects as it’s nature in Gods work. Had to laugh at your comment about the modeling taking longer than the actual build. Been there as well.

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#11 posted 09-28-2017 03:28 PM

very cool! unique design.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#12 posted 09-28-2017 05:19 PM

Wood looks very beautiful to me and espaecialy so unique design. Don’t be surprised if anyone copy it simetime.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 09-28-2017 06:38 PM

Nice design. It looks heavy/solid. I like the curved edges/surfaces and the symmetry. How did you join the legs to the top? Does it rack at all?

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#14 posted 09-28-2017 06:54 PM

Thanks for all the kind words.

The challenge is always wood movement. I was going to make the curved sides of laminations with bendy board covered by veneer. But attaching that to the top would create a potential problem since the plywood sides would not move while the solid wood top would move. So I chose to make the sides of soild wood with the curve created by coopering narrow pieces.

The top was joined by simple gluing. It was also strengthened with a half dozen dowels on each side pretty close to the center. The dowels were put in angled away from one another so they should hold even if the glue fails.

To avoid racking the top needs to be very flat. I like to use 8/4 boards for a project like this so it can be bookmatched. But after slicing that thickness it will curl a fair amount. The wood was stored in my shop for a week before milling. Then it was milled to within about an 1/8” of its final size and left to sit again for a few days while stickered before final milling. There is no racking. So far.


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#15 posted 09-28-2017 11:43 PM

That is certainly original, at least I’ve never seen it before. Interesting.

-- Rick M,

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