Coffee Table

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Project by jleakey posted 04-10-2014 07:49 PM 1506 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been at this woodworking thing for about 2 years now and have usually just built things found online using the cut sheets and directions found. My parents were complaining about their coffee table and how unstable it had become over the years. After looking at it I discovered it was made out of MDF with a Teak Veneer. I asked them how big of one they might want and their reply was the same size, but they wanted it out of solid Teak. I told them that it would probably be pretty pricey and asked them what they wanted it to look like. After drawing up a couple of designs on sketchup I was able to come up with a design they liked.

The approximate board feet for the project ended up being around 13.86 Board Feet. Next was finding the wood. Since all the wood I had bought in the past was from home depot or directly from Woodcraft I had no idea where to look for it. I searched the internet for Teak and it was all extremely pricy, so I found a wood with a similar characteristic to Teak known as Iroko. I was able to find it from and was hesitant on buying wood online unseen, but took the plunge. I bought 20 Board Feet just incase some of it was not up to par. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of wood I received and will definitely use them again.

The overall dimensions of the table is 18” tall X 24” wide X 48” long. It is joined with dowels using my doweling jig. It was extremely fun and educational to build. Don’t be too judgemental as this is my first project I designed and built on my own.

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 08:08 PM

If ’ I like it ’ is too judgemental then just suck it up and do it again. Nice work

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 08:38 PM

I am not sure how well you did.

Since these are your parents, I think making 2 matching end tables and a matching sofa table would allow us to properly judge your skills.

Now get back to work.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 09:37 PM

Firstly, welcome to LJ’s.

Nice job on the table. How did you attach the top to the base?


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#4 posted 04-10-2014 09:40 PM


Thanks fur the welcome and comment.. I used rocklers tabletop fasteners. It made it extremely easy.


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#5 posted 04-11-2014 12:56 AM

Your parents must be elated! Both with the project and the offspring that could produce this! Great job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 01:15 PM

Great job!! Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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