LumberJock(s) Inspired Coffee Table

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Project by Andrew posted 02-20-2014 07:09 PM 1675 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this because I needed a coffee table.

I was inspired by Jeff Tobert's design when I started. However I am not too great at joinery, so I tried to keep it simple.

After I had just attached the top to the frame, I was on LumberJocks as usual and saw this from Jacquelyn Smith. Having made it out of straight oak I was inspired. Being a big fan of the contrast of walnut against a lighter color, I promptly detached the top and cut it up to incorporate the walnut. I solicited the help of my favorite art teacher to help me come up with the patterns (I never would have came up with something like this on my own), and after much MORE gluing and sanding, finally put it back together, walnut infused.

Thanks for looking

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 07:51 PM

Thatsa tall coffee table! It looks good. I’m glad you spiced it up with walnut. You should start working on joinery.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 08:36 PM

Wow! Very nice. I love all the inlay.

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 10:50 PM

Looks good. Good to see you using alternate woods in your design.

-- jroot

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 01:41 AM

Between you and your favorite art teacher I think you hit a home run. Your table is beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 01:46 AM

Very Nice Work indeed Andrew! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 03:27 PM

I wanted it extra tall. I am 6’4” and typically the old lady and I eat at it or my friends and I will play cards on it, so taller was better for me.

It is all glued solid wood. No routing and inlaying.

Any criticisms are welcome, I want to get better.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 05:14 PM

Cool table! Like the style, unique design and great build. Love the walnut accents. Excellent job!

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 05:57 PM

Like the contrast.
Did you account for/are you worried about the cross grain glue-up between some of teh oak and walnut due to seasonal humididty changes?

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#9 posted 03-07-2014 01:36 PM

I wasn’t until you said that. What do you think I have to worry about? I didn’t know that would be a problem. I do have a bit of cracking in one of the walnut cross grain pieces at the moment.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

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