Sofa Table

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Project by ytsejamr posted 08-01-2008 05:09 PM 2864 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sofa table that I made on July 3rd. The wife wanted a table to go behind a new sectional sofa we acquired.

I designed the table as simply as I could because I wanted to make it fairly quickly.

The maple “feet” are doweled on. There is a slight taper on one side of each leg.

The apron and legs were attached using pocket screws.

The top is a single piece of tiger maple (that I paid way too much for). I had the lumber store drum sand it for me to save a bit of time.

I tried using Waterlox for the first time. I sprayed a few coats on, then tried brushing a coat. I ended up with brush marks, so I sprayed another on. I ended up wet sanding the top and putting a couple coats of paste wax on.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The power even went out for 2 hours in the middle of making it.

Here’s the plan I used:

Skethup plan

And a few more shots:



13 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 05:17 PM

beautiful…I am amazed at the difference in the “figuring” (not sure if right term) on the edge vs. the top…

your bench looks good too—-is that a project you built???


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#2 posted 08-01-2008 05:21 PM

I love this table. Styling, wood selection… it’s great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-01-2008 06:01 PM

Very nice. I especially like the top and the beading on the aprons. Really sets off a nice table.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#4 posted 08-01-2008 07:19 PM

very nice table.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#5 posted 08-01-2008 07:49 PM

Nice. How did you do the triple bead on the aprons?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 08-01-2008 07:49 PM

Wonderful table, the beading on the aprons adds a nice, elegant touch. And you popped the figure pretty good on that maple.

Thanks for posting

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#7 posted 08-01-2008 09:12 PM

“your bench looks good too—-is that a project you built???”

Thanks, yes . . . that’s my outfeed table . . . it’s in my projects

“Nice. How did you do the triple bead on the aprons?”

Easy . . . MLCS triple beading bit:

“Wonderful table, the beading on the aprons adds a nice, elegant touch. And you popped the figure pretty good on that maple.”

Thanks, yeah . . . forgot to mention that I first did a tinted shellac coat, then sanded it off leaving the tint in the grain.


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#8 posted 08-02-2008 03:56 AM

I don’t know what you paid for the tiger, but is was worth it. Gorgeous stuff. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 08-02-2008 04:11 AM

very nice. The top looks great and was wirth the extra $$$.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Michael Brailsford

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 08:08 PM

I love your wood selection on all of your projects.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 07:29 PM

yeah, great selection, design and everything… it looks outstanding!

I really love the bottom of the legs/feet of the table… did you ever see the chairs built by Peter Behrens? He built some for the Sparkasse in Vienne, Somehow with your designs I think you might like the “Wiener Moderne” or Vienna modern style.

Hey, keep up the awesome work!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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Todd Thomas

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#12 posted 01-27-2009 02:23 PM

great looking table….very nice….great job love the mix of woods

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Dan Hux

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#13 posted 09-07-2009 11:57 PM

great table…nice touch on the feet…

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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