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Project by edapp posted 01-14-2019 08:13 PM 1274 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this coffee table last week after some finishing advice in the forums. This is my second Charles Limbert piece in recent months and I am really enjoying making this style of furniture, and I have to say it looks great with the “Lamp Table.”

I purchased plans from fine woodworking to complete this project, and am glad I did. Although I did find one error in the plans, it didn’t throw things off too bad. The biggest time sink during this project was making the oval jig and cutting the square holes in the lower stretcher. Also there were a lot of mechanical joints in this project that needed to fit just right, but are mostly hidden under the top or shelf.

Made this jig to cut oval templates out of 1/4” plywood. fiddly… but works well and easy to setup for any size/ratio

If I were to make another one of these I would definitely cut and glue the lower stretcher to get the square hole appearance. I thought it would be worth the time, but it is really hard to see and with the dark stain the grain match is not noticeable.

I finished the table with two coats of General Finishes Dye Stain “Medium Brown” and two coats of Arm-r-Seal. Like the Lamp Table, it is just a little darker than I like but I find one coat of medium brown to have too much grey in it. I need to keep experimenting and mixing stains to find what I like.
One coat:

Second coat plus arm-r-seal, brings out the orange/brown:

Overall very happy with it. My wife likes it, and I like her, so all is good.





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 08:46 PM

Wow! That grain really pops!
You did a great job.
I really like this style of furnuture.
I see that you have an Incra 5000 Sled.
I have been looking real hard at one. What are your thoughts? Pro’s…Con’s?

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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edapp

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 09:50 PM

I really like the incra sled. It is large and a little cumbersome, but it really shines with larger pieces or panels. To me the main advantage vs a home made / continuous sled is that I can leave my sharkguard (riving knife mounted over the blade dust collection) installed for most, but not all, cuts.

I find myself wanting something like the 1000HD to pair with it, because the bulk and heft can be annoying for just one quick cut.

Ill post a review in the review section.

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McaroJCC

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 10:47 PM

Great looking table! I can see where those stretchers would take a lot of tedious work to cut each of the square wholes individually. I think the grain match would be pretty much exact if you ripped the top and bottom piece and then crosscut the “holes”; especially with a thin kerf blade. No chance anyone would notice if you didn’t tell them.

Nice work all around. Well done.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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fivecodys

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 11:30 PM



I really like the incra sled. It is large and a little cumbersome, but it really shines with larger pieces or panels. To me the main advantage vs a home made / continuous sled is that I can leave my sharkguard (riving knife mounted over the blade dust collection) installed for most, but not all, cuts.

I find myself wanting something like the 1000HD to pair with it, because the bulk and heft can be annoying for just one quick cut.

Ill post a review in the review section.

- edapp

I just installed a Shark Guard and I was thinking that this might be a good combination.
I look forward to reading your review.
Thank you!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#5 posted 01-15-2019 02:26 AM

Love the finish. Almost looks fumed. Nice.

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swirt

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#6 posted 01-15-2019 02:44 AM

Nice work. I like the color and the grain.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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JBWelker

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#7 posted 01-15-2019 02:46 AM

Looks great, and I love that table. It has been on my list of projects to build for a while, and you just renewed my interest in it. What was the error in the FWW plans?

-- Josh, Missouri

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pintodeluxe

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#8 posted 01-15-2019 06:35 AM

Great work. I sure like the double oval design. Limbert had some fantastic designs.
Nice job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 01-15-2019 11:41 AM

Fit and finish are top draw.

-- DonB

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EarlS

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#10 posted 01-15-2019 12:20 PM

That’s a fine looking Limbert table. Your choice of stain and finish make the flecks and rays in the top come alive.

I tend to use a template and router out holes like the squares rather than cut them out manually.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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edapp

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#11 posted 01-15-2019 12:36 PM



That s a fine looking Limbert table. Your choice of stain and finish make the flecks and rays in the top come alive.

I tend to use a template and router out holes like the squares rather than cut them out manually.

- EarlS

Like the comment above, there are a few ways to go about this and I would likely rip and crosscut and re-glue if I had to do it again. I used a hollow chisel mortiser along the edges/corners, and a tablesaw to start the crosscut lines by raising the blade into the cut just enough to make a crisp edge. Required quite a bit of chisel/rasp cleanup however and I am not thrilled about the quality of the cutouts (but it will never be seen).

The finish and grain really do look good in bright lighting, however that room is usually pretty dark as you can tell in the pictures. I was a little bummed with this and the lamp table when I moved them into that room because the finish really appears very dark in there.

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dalepage

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#12 posted 01-15-2019 01:04 PM

Great job all around. The jig is outstanding. Your workmanship is worthy of your own TV show.

Ray flecks are awesome.

Anyone’s living room would be enhanced with this beauty.

-- Dale

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TucsonTim

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#13 posted 01-15-2019 01:18 PM

I’ve always liked this design. Nice work. I agree – it does look great with the Lamp Table which is another Limbert I really admire. Thanks for posting…

-- Tim in Tucson

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edapp

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#14 posted 01-15-2019 01:38 PM


Looks great, and I love that table. It has been on my list of projects to build for a while, and you just renewed my interest in it. What was the error in the FWW plans?

- JBWelker

It is hard to see in this photo… but on one page the short apron is 2.5” and on the next it is 2.25”.
Which means depending on which you choose, the dimensions for the joints may be incorrect.

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bondogaposis

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#15 posted 01-15-2019 02:21 PM

That is a very nice looking table, you did a great job on it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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