Walnut Floating Top Coffee Table

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Project by PaxJen posted 08-01-2020 01:52 PM 775 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a coffee table for our computer room to replace a cargo-style toy box that has been a temporary solution for 20 years. The lovely wife likes mid-century modern and I have a lot of walnut from a tree the power company took down across the street. The wife likes the 3/8” oak pegs in the beefy tenons. I used liquid hide glue in the mortise and tenons. The corners are rounded to protect tender shins. The top floats because I am practising levitation. Power tools were used until I needed a break from the dust and noise. It is about 3 feet long and 22 inches wide. The risers under the top are joined to the apron with slip tenons (dominoes). The top is attached with screws and figure-eight fasteners. I filled a few bug holes with black epoxy. The finish is one coat each of (1) tung oil, (2) shellac sealer, and (3) wipe on poly. In retrospect, I would exclude all sapwood and use hide glue to join the top. Thank you for taking a look.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#1 posted 08-01-2020 07:18 PM

Very nice design and craftsman details.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 08-01-2020 08:55 PM

Thank you for your kind words, JimYoung.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#3 posted 08-01-2020 09:10 PM

Very nice table. Floating top looks cool, and thanks for showing how you attached the top.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 08-01-2020 09:16 PM

Thank you, Petey. I like your curly babinga entertainment center.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#5 posted 08-01-2020 09:29 PM

Beautiful work. I love walnut table tops, or actually walnut anything

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#6 posted 08-01-2020 11:18 PM

Great looking table and the finish you used makes the grain really stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 08-02-2020 01:53 AM

Thank you, Mel.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#8 posted 08-02-2020 02:11 AM

Nice. I like the design you came up with. Well proportioned.

-- Galootish log blog,

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