Coffee table for a pretty girl

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Project by Manitario posted 06-04-2020 12:51 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My life took a strange and unexpected turn 7 months ago when the partner I’d been with for 13 years and I split up. It’s a strange experience to be a middle aged man and be back dating but one of the completely unexpected things is meeting someone who has the same sense of taste and interest in furniture and woodworking as me.

We share the same passion for mid-century modern furniture and she picked out and designed this walnut coffee table which was super fun for me to be a part of.

The girl I’m dating did the majority of the work on this project; she started with zero background experience. I did the dovetailing and some of the work on the legs as it seemed like a tall order to have someone with no woodworking experience jump into doing half blind dovetails lol.

This has been interesting for me in that trying to teach woodworking to her has been helpful to me to understand my own process; every project starts with the same steps; flatten and true boards and edge join them. Everything revolves around those simple steps.

I don’t know what the future will hold and I’m sure that in a community of over 100000 woodworkers there’s been plenty of us with our hearts broken but I’m happy to run with the good and hope for the best.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 06-04-2020 01:06 AM

That’s awesome. Both the finished pieced and the story to go with it. I tend to not dwell on the past myself. I learned that lesson from one of my Boxers. That dog could have gotten his stomach pumped the night before for eating an entire tennis ball and wake up the next day happy as can be like he doesnt have a care in the world.

I just bought a single level ranch built in 1965 last year. Most of it still looks like 1965 on the inside. Its not a true MCM home but it has plenty of my other favorite design period mixed in which is craftsman. So i get to figure out how to incorporate mcm and craftsman styles together…somehow.

Keep up the good work and keep looking forward for the great times to come!

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#2 posted 06-04-2020 01:14 AM

Thanks for posting the project and sharing your story. Having the same taste in furniture really goes a long way. I know couples where one likes rustic and one likes ultra modern designs. Those are pretty hard to successfully combine.

My wife and I both love Arts and Crafts and collaborate on many projects. It may seem trivial to some, but I think it’s important to share common interests. Especially when it comes to the home and home decor.

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

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#3 posted 06-04-2020 02:11 AM

Thanks guys. It’s such an interesting/exciting experience to be dating someone who both has an interest in woodworking and the same design aesthetic as me. Of course relationships have the ultimate potential to break your heart but I’m just going to run with this…it’s also great to finally have someone to bounce my sometime ridiculous design ideas off of….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 11:55 AM

Beautifully done. Those who plane together, stain together.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 02:46 PM

A good looking table and an interesting story – best of luck moving forward

-- 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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#6 posted 06-04-2020 02:49 PM

Looks great. Tell her great work! And also good luck on your new journey.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-04-2020 10:28 PM

Lovely table and a geat collaboration. I think we are selveral here who are envoius of your girl and your shared interests. That sounds like something that has a future!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 06-05-2020 03:14 AM

Love the Walnut, not a fan of the Legs:( Goes without sayin any Dove Tail is a Good Thing!
Only Females allowed in my Shop are the Grangirls:) That is unless they bring a broom and like to Dust?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 06-05-2020 06:31 PM

I like that table as well!

-- Petey

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