Craftsman style coffee table in cherry

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Project by quadcap posted 05-05-2011 01:14 AM 6130 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a coffee table I recently completed based on plans that were in Woodsmith.

The original plans called for an oak table with a glass top (optional solid top) and was 38”x30”. The last photo in the gallery shows a picture from the original plans.

The one I built is made of cherry, and has a solid panel top 54”x39” (this was the largest solid panel I’ve glued up, so was a bit nervous about that part). The number of spindles was increased from 13 per side to 21 as a result of the increased width, but I think it still came out well-proportioned.

The leg/stretchers were done using basic mortise & tennon joints, and the top is secured with table top clips that are fitted into biscuit-joiner-cut slots.

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 01:41 AM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 01:51 AM

Nice coffee table.

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#3 posted 05-05-2011 01:56 AM

Crisp and clean…...beautiful

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 02:14 AM

very nice design and construction. The color blended with the flooring.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#5 posted 05-05-2011 02:19 AM

Very nicely done. Love the look of this coffee table.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#6 posted 05-05-2011 03:05 AM

Man I thought that looked familiar, I have the same one made from those plans in my our living room. I made mine from reclaimed chestnut but I cheated and made that top with MDF and chestnut veneer. Looks like you did a great job on it and that cherry looks sweet. I think yours looks nicer than the one in the woodsmith picture!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 05-05-2011 09:56 AM

I like the proportions of your table better actually. The one from the mag looks a little small. Very nice job.

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#8 posted 05-05-2011 01:38 PM

Great job, beautiful!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 05-05-2011 03:47 PM

This is one Crisp and clean table…Beautiful work and it fits in the room well.

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

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#10 posted 05-05-2011 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the nice words folks, this was a fun project to work on.

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#11 posted 05-05-2011 06:51 PM

What a beautiful table. I agree with the others, the proportions on your table look great. I want this coffee table in my house.

-- Brian

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#12 posted 05-05-2011 07:03 PM

Great table, pretty much what I hope to be building later this year!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 12:16 AM

Tres chic! What type of finish did you use? Did you put the mortises in by hand? Is the top joined with biscuits and glue?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 03:05 AM

thanks amagineer,

The finish is just a simple natural danish oil. The top has a light rub-on wax.

The mortises on the legs were cut with a router and a spiral bit, then I hand-cut the tenons to fit. The spindles are all mortise and tenon as well, but a different procedure was done for those (since there are so many).... the tenons were cut on a table saw and the mortises were formed by using a notched strip inlaid into the end boards. It’s harder to explain than it was to do, the Woodsmith plans cover it pretty well.

I didn’t use biscuits for gluing up the top. I tried that for some panels a couple of times, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra time and fuss.

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 03:26 AM

Well done! Great design!

-- christopheralan

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