Small Mid-Century Coffee Table

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Project by CharlesA posted 10-23-2019 01:34 AM 607 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son lives in Montreal and asked me to build him a coffee table for his small apartment. It could only be 30×16 or so. I also had to ship it to him, so that meant removeable, metal legs. Because of these restrictions, my design was very simple. The wood is Sapele that I have left over from the king size bed I’m making. To keep it stable, I made it about 1 1/2” thick. I curved every edge to make the shape a bit more elegant and interesting and then tapered the bottom edges. Because of the curves, I couldn’t use a table saw sled as I have on Shaker tapers. I used hand planes, and, I will admit, one of the few places my Makita power hand plane has come in really usefully. It was great!

After shaping and smoothing, I used some Transtint dye, golden brown mixed with a bit of red mahogany to color. Sealed it with shellac, and then did final finish with Target waterborne lacquer.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 10-23-2019 12:34 PM

Very nice. The tapering was a nice touch. Beautiful wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-23-2019 02:49 PM

Well CharlesA, working in an unrelated field certainly hasn’t hurt your wood working skills. Beautiful table !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-19-2019 01:53 AM

Nice job. I love the taper.

-- AJ

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