Three glass-top small tables

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Project by Don posted 01-30-2014 03:51 AM 2044 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes a simple design is the best approach.

I started with an old glass-top coffee table made of wicker. The wicker had deteriorated over the years, but we liked the idea of a coffee table with a glass top. (It’s relatively easy to clean up spills and you don’t need to worry about coffee stains as you would with a wood top.)

So my wife suggested I make a wood frame to hold the top and maintain the dimensions of the original coffee table; 550mm square by 360mm high. I added a lower shelf for design stability and to provide storage for magazines.

We liked the result, so decided to replace the two side tables which were part of the original wicker set. The side tables are 425mm wide x 575mm deep x 430 high. I used DOWELMAX for the joinery.

The top rails are mounted the thickness of the toughened glass below the top of the legs and the legs are rebated to hold the glass top. The wood is kiln dried Vic Ash painted a very dark blue to compliment the dark blue leather furniture against which they sit.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 12:57 PM

Nice job. Way to salvage the expensive tempered glass top.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 05:45 PM

Very clever and good save of the glass.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 06:06 PM

Paint? Really? But… paint? I love your work, but… paint? LOL
Good seeing that you’re still alive. I JUST now ordered a new Grizzly table saw so I’ve been revived. Projects to follow.

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 07:11 PM

Great save Don & nice job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 09:35 PM

Thanks, friends.

Obi, there’s a good reason for using paint. The first two pictures above of this project unfortunately don’t show the colour of the tables accurately. The third one which I just added is much closer to the actual colour. I wanted the appearance to compliment the furniture against which they sat, and also not clash with the ugly – yes Obi – plastic laminate flooring.

So what do you think – I think I nailed it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 03:02 AM

You nailed it.

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 02:36 PM

They look great, match the sofa. Like the glass top, lower shelf and color. A nice upgrade to your living room. Great job!

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