Our first coffee table

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Project by everythingreclaimed posted 01-14-2011 06:19 AM 1784 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my wife and I arrived home from the Philippines we didn’t have much on the order of furniture. My neighbor gave us a Doberman Pinscher pup and my cousin gave us a couch. Well we didn’t have a coffee table, so we would just set our cup of coffee on the arm of the couch. When our hyper active dog got a little bigger, I decided it was time we needed a coffee table before we ended up with a big brown stain on our almost new couch. One person I have done some work for in the past gave me the marble scraps that were left over from a flooring project and another person that I occasionally do some work for gave me some scrap pieces of white ash. Between the two small piles of scrap I managed to come up with this coffee table.

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 07:13 AM

Very nice design – great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 01:48 PM

You did a great job on it and it looks good also

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 02:34 PM

That’s a great looking table.
My wife also wants a coffee table for the basement using some leftover tiles that we have.
The problem that I’m trying to figure out is how to put the grout over the tiles without touching the wood.
Do you put the finish on the wood after the grout?
How did you do it?

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 03:48 PM

Great job!

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 08:42 PM


A very good job and an original design for your coffee table

Thanks for sharing and Welcome to lumberjocks

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 06:05 AM

Nice design and use of materials!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 06:22 AM

I love tile top tables. Yours is lovely and a great design.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 08:53 PM

I didn’t use grout on this table, but almond silicone instead. I used a water based contact cement to adhere the marble to the base. I then finished the table with a brush on satin poly, and the last step was applying the silicone. This was a somewhat tedious process, as I had to mask the edges of each piece of tile and the wood, apply the silicone and tool it quickly and then carefully remove the masking tape right away. It would have been easier to use grout, but I already had the silicone on hand so I just decided to use what was lying around. If I would have used grout I would have finished the wood first.

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