Walnut and Alder Coffee Table

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Project by TucsonTim posted 10-06-2018 01:08 PM 1258 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ’s. This is a Walnut and Knotty Alder coffee table I made a few years back. I had long since misplaced the pictures for it. I recently had a chance to see it for the first time in a number of years and was surprised at how well it has held up considering the fact it was one of my early projects and didn’t really know what the heck I was doing!

It is constucted from 4/4 and 8/4 stock with mortise and loose tennon joinery. The top is basically a large cabinet door. The Knotty Alder panel is made to expand and contract within the Walnut frame. The lower shelf is a breadboard assembly that is connected to the the legs. The finish is simple – Danish Oil and wipe-on Satin Poly (that’s the only finish I knew how to do back then!).

I didn’t use any plans for this table. I do recall using the “Golden Ratio” to proportion the top. I also recall deciding to bevel the edges of the table top after is was already assembled. I did that with a circular saw! Yikes, that was a sanding nighmare. Anyway, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. Suggestions are always welcome. Thanks LJ’s…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#1 posted 10-06-2018 01:43 PM

Very attractive table, Tm. I like the stay for the frame.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-06-2018 07:36 PM

My applause –

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 07:17 AM

Outstanding design and woodworking elements.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-07-2018 07:59 PM

I like the design of this table and the contrasting woods show the detail nicely.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 10-08-2018 01:06 AM

That is a nice looking table. Well done.

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#6 posted 10-08-2018 07:19 PM

beautiful table i really like the way you designed your base,and the walnut and alder work well together.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 10-09-2018 04:02 PM

Thanks LJ’s. I appreciate everyone taking the time to look at and comment on this project. You all do nice work. I like to view everyone’s project page(s) and am amazed at the skill and creativity you all have. My apologies for not responding sooner. Thanks again to: Jim, Sasha, majuvla, awsum55, swirt, and pottz.

-- Tim in Tucson

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