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Project by Div posted 03-20-2011 09:40 PM 3294 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working my butt off to create enough pieces for a major upcoming exhibition. Even though I had supposedly set a month aside to concentrate on this fulltime, some bills still need paying. When a client wanted a rustic coffee table last week, I threw this together (I keep reading about people that “throw” things together. I have this literal picture in my head and wish I could also do it! Just imagine….anyway, now I also have opportunity to use the expression!).

Building a table like this is quick and easy. Short of a board and 2 sawhorses, I don’t think there is a simpler way to make a table. There are no mortises, tenons, biscuits or any joinery. Everything was done with 22mm boards; mostly fall out from my mill. The legs are L-shaped in section, 2 short lengths screwed and plugged, one edge onto the next. The rails are glued and screwed to the insides of the L-shaped legs.

No edge jointing in the top which consists of 3 live edge boards. After cleaning up the natural edge on the first board a little, I overlaid it onto the next board, scribed the outline, cut to the line with jigsaw and simply butted the 2 boards together. Same with the third board. Hey, we’re talking rustic here! Simple cleats are screwed to the rails from the inside and the boards that form the top are screwed down from below through oversize holes. The timber I used is Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), indigenous to South Africa.

Off course one can also use the same method to build a quick but sturdy table with straight boards. So, no fancy joinery, no fancy tools; I hope it can inspire someone!

Yes, I know I should have taken more photos, but the table is gone….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 09:46 PM

Your client wanted a “rustic coffee table” well he sure got a very nice one. Good job Div in delivering what was ordered :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 09:46 PM

sweet table

now that you can ‘throw’ things together
beware of it’s big brother

‘quick and dirty’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 09:54 PM

Very nice box. Any chance of getting a couple of pix from underneath?


-- Chuck, Cottage Grove, Oregon --

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 09:59 PM

David, I’m not going to say anything about “quick and dirty”. Don’t want to ruin my reputation, you see! ;^)

Achiko: Sorry Chuck, like I said, the table is out the door…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 10:03 PM

I know you well enough to know there are love in the gaps, so no one will see if it was fast.
You managed to bring out the life of the wood, and make it new yet rustic.
Nice work.
From my heart brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 10:42 PM

Sigh. I want to throw together things like that ;-).

Great table; nice and simple execution.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 11:27 PM

The only throwing together I do is the firewood pile or things that become suitable for the firewood pile.
Looks great from here and sometimes that’s all people want!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 02:02 AM

I´m one who love dark / red furnitures but this table …... well .. I LIKE IT :-)

thank´s for sharing Div.

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 06:04 AM

This “throw together ” table looks excelent. Very well done

-- Leon . [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 12:30 PM

I’m betting the folks that carried it out the door are happy to have it. Simple design, good outcome. Div pays some bills.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 02:50 PM

It has a nice rustic look Div, and after all, rustic furniture wouldn’t be rustic if sophisticated joining methods were used.
So a great result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 06:36 PM

The live edge looks great! I like It.

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 06:42 PM

Looks great Div. You do make it sound easy. But easy in your case looks great. Easy in my case…..well not so great ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 09:56 PM

Div, I like the way you throw. Got any more curve balls like this. lol I’m not normally a fan of rustic, but this is a show stopper. I really like this table. Great job!!!

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 09:35 PM

Thanks to all my LJ friends for your comments! I am so busy making sadust at the moment that I ‘m not spending much time in front of the computer. Forgive my slow response….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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