Live Edge Maple Coffee Table

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Project by kimosawboy posted 06-12-2013 10:43 PM 3358 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a couple of big leaf maple slabs at the beginning of the month and this is the final product. It took forever to mill them flat with the router as I had recently broken my ’’normal’’ milling bit, thus I was reduced to a much smaller bit.( I figure in the area of 1500 passes all told ((yes it had major warpage))).Pic 5
I was concerned about the miter and after looking around on the net I came up with this type of clamping system(pic 4), it seemed to work great as I’m very pleased at how the miter came out.
The miter is just glued without biscuits as it had a large surface area, the leg has a 3/4” tenon glued into a matching mortice on the table. Three small butterflies on the table/end leg and one large one on the leg.
All in all I’m pleased with it.

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 12:50 AM

Very, very nice! You should be very pleased as I think it turned out perfectly.

Are those clamp blocks attached to the wood somehow? They look like they would just slide off but they obviously worked well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 01:32 AM

What a great looking slab! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 05:12 AM

Yeah I also think you should be very pleased this thing is real nice. I am also interested in the clamping technique?

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 05:57 AM

Thanks for the comments!!!
For the clamping, it is straight forward one you get the whole picture.
The pieces that the clamps are holding onto are just scraps that have been 45degree cut.These happened to be 2”x3” scraps. Both of the these were fastened to the ply, screwed from the ply side. IF you look at the vertical leg you can see another scrap that has been fastened to the ply as well on the bottom. Regarding the top I just used clamps on the end of the ply to hold into place.
I did one dry run and it clamped up nicely but in the end I asked the wife for help to tighten up the first clamp.
The nice thing about using this system is that once you have the middle clamp on, it holds everything together while adjustments are made.

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 09:44 AM

Nice looking table… The glue joint is well done. I usually put splines in mine being I don’t trust the glue joint being its end grain. Some real beautiful wood and finish…

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

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 01:04 PM

I like it. A lot. The end looks like it’d be good for rubbing feline faces and skewering small children, which is exactly the sort of furniture I’ve surrounded myself with over the years. Poor planning for the future, I suppose. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:32 PM

Very nice job. I found it’s less labor intense with a cheap eletric plane from Harbor Freight before I put it to the router surfacing table.

-- Joe R

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 02:01 PM

This is a nice table. I love the natural look of it and the wood is great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 05:10 PM

Very brave to have such unusual but beautiful table in livving room. Little bit dangerous too :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 12:18 AM

Ahhhh, I missed the plywood! Makes sense now. Thanks for clearing that up.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 09:22 AM

Excellent table.One important piece of furniture that you need for your living room is a coffee table.Wooden coffee tables are great choice because of their functionality.With the right size, design and shape of coffee table, one can make any space classy and inviting.

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#12 posted 06-17-2013 07:30 PM

Awesome table! The slab is gorgeous, great display of the live edge which gave so much character. Great job!

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