Coffee Table

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Project by CanadianWoodChuck posted 03-24-2008 06:25 PM 2205 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an oak coffee table I built for my sister in law. It was constructed out of oak and all joints were mortise and tenon. The top is ceramic tile for practical reasons. Unfortunately shs didn’t want a lower shelf. (thought it would just be a dust collector. I took the picture outside of the shop just to acquire a nice background.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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Bill Butler

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 06:35 PM

Love the clean lines and figure of the grain.

Did you attach the tiles directly to a wood underlay or is there a piece of wonderboard under there?

Did you choose the ceramic or was that your sis-in-law’s idea? I built a kitchen table for my mom-in-law which replaced an eariler one which had a ceramic tile. She loved it when she first got it, but after regular use and wiping the grout got grody.

Thanks for the post,

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 07:06 PM

Hi Bill
Yes I attached then to plywood underlay. I hope the grout stands up. I sealed it as best I could. It was her idea for the tile (I’m kind of partial to wood) :) The coffee table won’t likely get cleaned as often as a kitchen table so hopefully it will be alright. Thanks for your comments.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 07:26 PM

Very nice table. If you sister-in-law is satisfied with it that is all that matters.

Thanks for sharing and for the story behind it as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-24-2008 07:41 PM

Hi Bill
I sort of like it without a second shelf, keeps it light looking.

Regarding the tile, pleasing her is the first requirment, but I would have preffered wood too.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 03:11 AM

Hi Bill

This picture wasn’t taken recently was it? Only kidding. The table a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. My daughter is taking horticulture in college now. She would love to see your yard. Is there a keel under the plywood? Just thought it might have given it some more support. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 10:45 AM

Great looking table. The ceramic is practical, the wood is very nice, too. Good job.

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 02:29 AM

Nice looking table! The tile is a good touch.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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