Coffee Table

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Project by Steve posted 01-08-2011 10:44 PM 2280 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally have the coffee table done. The top is wenge and the bottom is poplar. Dimentions are 20 1/2 (H) X 25 1/2 X 50” . I used pocket hole joinery as I wanted to try out my new Kregg pocket hole jig. Drawers are 3/4” poplar with 1/4” birch ply bottoms dadoed in. I wanted the drawers to be strong as I keep my laptop in one side. The other side holds all of the remotes and the x-box controller. My wife calls it my man drawer. LOL I added a light stain to the poplar to get the contrast I wanted between the two. Six coats of poly clear to protect it. I do wish I had a joiner. It would have helped with the top. This was my first time working with wenge. I found it easy to work with. Just make sure your tools are sharp. Sorry, not the best pictures. I need to work on taking better pictures to show off my work. Comments good or bad are welcome. I’m just learning after all.

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 11:16 PM

Nice looking.. functional.. sturdy… oh ya.. man table.. great job…


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#2 posted 01-09-2011 02:17 AM

Man drawer… that’s a good one!

Any shots of the drawers?

Appears to be a nicely functional piece.

That wenge is lighter in color than I’m used to seeing, but I think it goes well with whatever stain you chose for the poplar.

Your drawer pull selection also appears to be well chosen for this piece, in my opinion.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 03:57 AM

Great work on your table. Nice job with making the polar blend in with the wenge. I was surprised while reading this that you used poplar with it. But it really looks good. Congrats on the man drawer as well…. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 08:59 AM

Great looking table.
I’ve just finished one just like yours! mine’s made of cherry. I presume the draws go either way? Mine are held by magnetic catches in the drawer bottoms and inside the carcass. Although I’m not happy with result I’ve achieved so far.

-- Colin, Western Australia

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 08:17 PM

The drawers only go one way. The poplar is slowly changing color now and the green shades are becoming more brown. It’s kind of cool to see the change as it takes effect. It’s funny how many people have said, “poplar with wenge, really?” Then they see the table and so far everyone has liked it.

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#6 posted 07-31-2018 06:29 PM

This is a very nice table and so beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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