An arts and crafts coffee table of cherry & mesquite. Turquoise & Butterfly's.

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Project by Luddite posted 02-14-2019 11:44 PM 2036 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

14 Feb 2019

OK. This is a past project from a few years back before I joined LJ. The reason I’m posting is that I’ve a follow up project (i’ll post later) that’s directly related to the coffee table.

This was a typical mortise/tenon project for me. My client wanted a coffee table with a large overhang for floor seating. So, the base may appear a big small for a 50×30 sized top, but the end result worked out great.

The choice of wood comes from previous pieces for them a blend of cherry and mesquite as details.
The top piece is joined by #20 biscuits and glue. The breadboard ends have tenons prepared before glue up. A bit tricky but well worth it in the end.

My next first was to make mesquite butterfly’s for the top. This gave it a nice look as well as help keep the boards from splitting. A bit tedious but after a few practice runs all worked out nicely. I left the keys to stand a bit proud.

Knowing my client liked minerals I decided to try inlaying mesquite. Well, the wood had some natural flaws that facilitate the inlays. This was a first for me. I decided to use the whole nugget and dyed epoxy for them to be set into the wood rather then using the ground version. Turquoise sands down quite nicely.

Signed, sealed and delivered…...

Next….. Nesting snack tables to match this table.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 02-15-2019 12:03 AM

Terry, that looks great. The turquoise and bow ties make wonderful points of interest.

-- Art

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#2 posted 02-15-2019 12:26 AM

Very nice coffee table with an understated nod to both G&G and Stickley details. The proud bow ties are a nice touch as is the turquoise.

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

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Terry O

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#3 posted 02-15-2019 12:53 AM

Simply gorgeous, good presentation too!

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#4 posted 02-15-2019 01:51 AM

Very Nice Project & Very Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 02-15-2019 02:30 AM

I like the look. It had good proportions. Nice wood too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 02-15-2019 03:16 AM

WOW, now THAT is a work of ART! Really beautiful. Nice work on the joinery my friend. A real classic and a very well deserved top 3!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 02-15-2019 01:03 PM

I like the style, the material choices and the execution. in other words: great job! Thank you for sharing.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#8 posted 02-15-2019 02:38 PM

Great Job!

love it… great post too the pictures look very nice..

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 02-15-2019 05:02 PM

a very nice looking table

well done

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 02-15-2019 07:27 PM

Vert attractive table, Terry!!


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

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#11 posted 02-16-2019 01:05 AM

that table is just gorgeous,i love the look of mesquite with turquoise,it always works and I alsoike how you left the bow ties proud,something different from the norm.great 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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#12 posted 02-20-2019 01:41 PM

A beautiful, sturdy piece that should outlive the original owners.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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