New Coffee Table

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Project by woodmaker posted 10-11-2012 05:33 PM 1334 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made another coffee table this past week-end.
This is from lumber I found at the local habitat for Humanity. I still don’t know what it is, but it is a hardwood (I think) harder than Poplar for sure. I looked in my wood ID book and the closest match I found was European Beech (with spalting), but who knows, I certainly don’t; but I sure do like the spalting and other grains it has.
The last table I made the wife made me paint it, but I refused to paint this one and she agreeed so now it sits in the office.

Anywho, the top is four boards glued up to 19” wide x 29 1/4” long x 17” tall.
The legs are 3×3”-ish pine with left over scrap veneered onto the legs. Now that was a new experience for me and it took several passes back through the planer to get the legs right! Finish is McClosky’s satin brushing varnish, 4 coats.

The top is fastened via pocket screws because I haven’t mastered mortise and tennoning yet. I bought the General Mortise and Tennon jig, (that’s another review later) but so far I am not happy with that as the pieces I used never came out centered and making the mortise was difficult as I couldn’t get the bit to stay centered either. I’ll keep working at that, but next time I think I’ll use my drill press, forestner bits and chisels. :-)

If it looks thin on top it is! The lumber was twisted, cupped & warped to the point that I was left with 13/16”, but I wasn’t going any lower. I was shooting for a minimum of 3/4” but the lumber just would not allow that. I actually burned up the motor on my little PC desk top 6” jointer. Well I needed a new excuse to buy a new one which I will hopefully soon.

Nothing I could sell commercially, but I like the way it turned out.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 09:08 PM

great looking table,i like the grain patterns and the spalting also.much to nice to paint.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 02:40 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 04:33 PM

Thanks yall!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 04:56 PM

You better get that table out of the way before it gets towed. It clearly says “Harley parking only” :)

Nice table, let’s see the bike!


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#5 posted 10-12-2012 05:05 PM

Okay here is the bike

i hope that worked, I see a web page but not a picture. Hmm. . . .

-- Mike

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 05:09 PM

YAY it worked! 1997 Softail Custom. Lots of added chrome, porker pipes.
Now the down side; I had to sell it (and my Corvette) due to numerous back issues that are still ongoiing. Degenerative disc disease, Spondylosis and Stenosis. The Dr. says my C1 is still good though. :-)

-- Mike

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#7 posted 10-16-2012 03:18 PM

very nice table great job the top looks like pin oak to me.
i just took down a massive pin oak in my front yard had the same grain pattern i saved a 2.75 inch disk to make a loggers style end table when the slab dryies out in 2 yrs they say oak takes a yr a inch

-- eric underwood

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 12:04 AM

Thanks Eric.
Hmm, Pin Oak possible cuz I dunno.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 03:16 PM

It’s ok where it is…prolly a Heritage Softwood. LOL

-- Digger -- If you work long enough and hard enough to make it idiot-proof...the world will build a better idiot!

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