Coffee Table for my Granddaughters

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Project by doug_w posted 02-09-2014 04:26 PM 2400 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top has Pommele Sapele in the center surrounded by tiger maple – this pattern was to produce maching pieces of furniture to the floating-top-table that I had made for them previously. The legs are walnut with the maple lines actually being splines as the legs were not bent but rather had three 30 degree angles by cutting wedges from a solid 10/4 plank. The accents where the legs join the top are bloodwood. The objective of the design was to (1) have no sharp angles anywhere for the girls to hurt themselves on and (2) have the support for the top strong enough that they can stand or dance on the table – hence the substantial support in the center. I also wanted the legs to curve back so that it could be put in front of a couch without feet hitting legs. Since the bottom ended up so curved I added stabilizers slotted into dovetales from the bottom of each leg – they can be extended until the desired degree of rocking stability is achieved.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 05:23 PM

A new family heirloom. Very nice.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 06:39 PM

Awesome looking table. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 07:52 PM

Great looking table.
I bet it is heavy. Looks like you met all your goals with this build….................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 08:13 PM

I really like the design. The bottom strikes me as an upside down bow. Let the dancing begin!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 08:55 PM

Truly outstanding. Both design and workmanship.

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 11:04 PM

Very cool design. Great build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 01:18 AM

Well done

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 01:45 AM

WOW doesn’t begin to describe this work of art. The design, the wood combination, the finish….....ALL outstanding!

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

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Mark E.

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 01:49 AM

WOW. What a great design.

Funny how 99.9% of woodworking projects end up being for the GrandKids once they arrive.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 03:51 AM

Very lucky Granddaughters. I’m sure the parents are pretty grateful too. Outstanding job!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 02:01 PM

great looking coffee table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 03:39 PM

Wow, that could be in a gallery somewhere.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#13 posted 02-10-2014 04:01 PM

really nice work

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