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Project by glen posted 11-30-2013 11:58 PM 2596 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a few weeks making this coffee table. It was a design that I came up with, and I completed it through a series of classes with a local furniture maker, Michael Holton. Basically, he helped me through figuring out a cut list, milling, glueing up, joinery, etc. I have done projects before, but as I’m working out of a 1-car garage, it was nice to get to use the “big tools” in a “big shop”. Doing something this big and heavy would have been quite difficult with a little portable contractor saw and a bench top 6” jointer. Possible, but difficult (for me).

It’s all solid walnut. The legs are just a mortise and tenon square that is bolted to the table using threaded inserts. The finish is a coat of shellac, followed by several coats of wipe on arm-r-seal.

The little slot/insert is for remotes and a magazine. Our previous coffee table had 2 big drawers in it which just became a place for us to hide junk. Solution to having too much junk – don’t make a place to store it!

Overall, it’s a simple design but i’m pretty happy with how it came out. If anyone wants a sketchup file of this, just email me and i’ll send it your way.

If anyone is in the Calgary area and wants to take some classes with a furniture maker who has been featured in Fine Woodworking (check out the most recent issue reader’s gallery), check Michael out. He’s a super nice and energetic guy who will help you when you need it, and let you work at your own pace and leisure when you don’t.

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 12:25 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 12:52 AM

Simple, yet beautiful. Great work.

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#3 posted 12-01-2013 07:10 AM

Exquisite… I’d have it in my living room any day.

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 08:56 AM

Great looking coffee table, I really like the design. Very solid looking and the wood looks great….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 03:33 PM

Really nice, a few more pics of both higher angles and leg details would be nice. Sure nice design and looks well crafted. I really like it.

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 04:04 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I added 3 more pictures. I’ve discovered the definition of “difficult” – taking pictures low to the floor while your dog is around. “Hey! He’s at my level! Let’s lick his face and get him to pet me!”

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 04:35 PM

It’s a nice table and I bet that you learned a lot.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 04:41 PM

Cool concept. Look solid but elegant.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 11:28 PM

Nice design work. It looks good and sturdy. I really like the walnut.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 11:46 PM

I like this a lot. I picture a couple books and magazines in the ‘shelf.’

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#11 posted 12-01-2013 11:50 PM

Thanks for the additional pics!

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#12 posted 12-02-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone! Much appreciated

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#13 posted 12-02-2013 03:59 PM

Congratulations. The table looks even greater when you see it directly, a privilege I have had.Look forward to your next project. Big Bee(proud Pop)

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 05:22 PM

That’s one elegant looking table. Sleek and sturdy design and the walnut is gorgeous. Great work!

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