Arts and Crafts Sofa Table

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Project by JimYoung posted 01-31-2014 02:51 AM 3228 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest version of the Kevin Rodel design arts and crafts tables. His original plan was for a coffee table, but he put in approximate dimensions for an end table, a sofa table, and a dinning table at the end of the article.

This table builds on the experience I gained making the smaller tables. The top has bread board ends, with faceted plugs to cover the screws. These are just oak, but they are cut so the end grain shows and will stain darker than the surrounding wood. I did splurge on quarter sawn white oak for the top and grill work. It really makes a difference over the flat sawn oak I used on the smaller tables. If I ever have enough extra QS oak laying around I will have to make new tops for the smaller tables.

I milled all of the wood from rough sawn timber.

Update: here are a few photos of the finished table. I used minwax “gunstock” stain and a wipe on poly. The screw plugs did not darken up too much, but they stand out ok. Finally, I applied a coat of paste wax with steel wool to level out the finish.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 02:52 AM

Nice build on this, all joints are nice & tight, and those breadboard through tenons look great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 12:42 PM

Looks great. Nice build.
Kevin Rodel is a hero of mine.

I agree with QS. The difference is really there. Same thing with other woods too: maple, cherry, sycamore, etc.

Good job and welcome to LJs,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:42 PM

Beautiful! – Great Design! – Rodel would approve I’m sure! – Very nigh!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 03:40 PM

What a great project! Nicely done. Grill work is wonderful.

-- -- Skee from MN

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 03:53 PM

I really like those beveled screw plugs!! It really looks like it wants to be touched. Great job!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 05:07 PM

A beautiful table with nice crisp details. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 06:02 PM

Excellent work, and excellent design. I’m gonna have to google Kevin Rodel.

Now let’s see some pics with the finish so we can admire that quartersawn oak!

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 07:25 PM

Caught my eye, Nice craftsmanship. What kind of finish?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 08:14 PM

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#10 posted 02-01-2014 12:21 AM

Thank you all for the warm welcome, you really know how to make a guy feel at home. I’ve added a few photos of the finished table (I had to move the sofa to get a good shot of it.


-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#11 posted 06-17-2016 03:58 PM

Beautiful! Good job

-- Pete

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