Glass Top Coffee Table

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Project by Brianthesawdustmaker posted 04-14-2014 03:15 AM 2065 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I am new to lumberjocks but have been inspired by the projects I’ve seen posted and wanted to post some of my work. I primarily build oak, mission style furniture. See below for specs on the coffee table.

Materials-the table is made of red oak, mostly 3/4” widths. The legs are 1 1/2” square. There is a piece of 1/4” glass set into the middle of the table.

Construction-almost everything I build is constructed using mortise and tenon joinery. This project is no exception to that. I did use a couple of pocket screws to attach the top of the table onto the frame (I haven’t figured out a better way to do this yet). The bottom shelves are cut to fit in the frame and sit on ‘rails’ which have a few small screws holding them to the cross boards. These shelves are a collage of pieces from my scrap bin, organized in a spiral shape and glued together. You’ll notice the frame intersects in the middle of the table—these boards are dadoed opposite so they fit together.

Finish-I finished the table using a mixture of Minwax 210B and 211 stains (mixed 50:50) and two to three coats of clear satin polyurethane, sanded between coats. I have done all my furniture with the stain mixture listed above for consistency—210B is golden oak and 211 (Provincial) gives the stain a darker hue which really helps the grain pop out. I personally like to see the grain patterns in finished wood projects.

Unique traits-you will notice in the pictures a small mission style stool sitting next to the table. The table is designed to house four of these stools (which are also built), one under each of the four corners respectively. They are conveniently close, and yet out of the way. It is nice to pull them out if family is over and we want to play a board game or cards.

I was inspired by the design on a trip to a local furniture store. We saw a round, upholstered table with four rolling seats which could be pulled out from under the table. The idea of housing seats under the table itself seemed remarkably simple and yet ingenious at the same time. So I put a pencil to some paper and sketched up a couple of ideas, eventually landing on this one. It was a little bit of a challenge to design it in such a way that it still had significant strength even with nothing under the four corners. It turned out great and I have made another couple (one in process now) using the same design.

Let me know what thoughts/suggestions you have. Appreciate you checking it out!

-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 03:28 AM

Impressive design Brain and a super build great job.


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#2 posted 04-14-2014 10:52 AM

Very impressive.

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 02:22 PM

I would like it in my LR or den!

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 03:07 PM

It’s very nice and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-16-2014 11:16 AM

Nice. Have you got any pictures with the seats nested under the table?


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#6 posted 04-23-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks guys… Just posted a couple pictures with the stools underneath it. Makes it look a little crowded but they can always be pulled out and moved elsewhere if desired.

-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 02:02 AM

“I was inspired by the design on a trip to a local furniture store”
Ever since my wife and I saw that at NFM we’ve wanted a set. I’ll have to remember to add that to my list of future projects.

Very nice work I must add.

-- Ray

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