Splayed leg coffee table

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Project by Jeremymcon posted 03-24-2020 02:34 AM 435 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first woodworking project was a coffee table. It was made from a pre glued construction lumber panel that I purchased, some big box store select pine, and dowels, with dark stain, poorly applied gloss polyurethane, and a “Roman ogee” profile routed around the edge! Ugly!

I had been living with it for around 5 years now, because at least it was solid. But we had a baby this year, and she’s mobile now, and those sharp corners that I left on the old table were making me nervous! Plus I had been wanting something nicer anyway.

So I decided in a “surfboard” shaped mid-century inspired table, with splayed legs. I found a fellow in Craigslist that had some walnut for sale, and he found me a couple of sequence matched pieces that were exactly the eight width and length to just have one glue joint. So I happily purchased them for $3/bf, and book matched them as best I could working around a knit and some worm eaten sap wood.

Legs were turned on my spring pole lathe from pieces that I had split from a log about 4 years ago now. Set into a dovetail batten, which is then set into a dovetail slot in the underside of the table.

I’m pretty happy with it overall, and my baby doesn’t cry every time she bumps her head on the legs now!

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#1 posted 03-24-2020 01:21 PM

That came out great. And thank you so much for the photos of the battens and leg joinery.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 03-24-2020 08:28 PM

That came out great. And thank you so much for the photos of the battens and leg joinery.

- swirt

Thanks! One thing I don’t think I mentioned is that I did tapered tenons like some Windsor chair makers use. I have a shop made reamer and tenon cutter that I made during my first and only) Windsor chair build.

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#3 posted 03-28-2020 05:29 PM

big step up in design – looks great

-- Greg Simon

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