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I am currently working my butt off to create enough pieces for a major upcoming exhibition. Even though I had supposedly set a month aside to concentrate on this fulltime, some bills still need paying. When a client wanted a rustic coffee table last week, I threw this together (I keep reading about people that "throw" things together. I have this literal picture in my head and wish I could also do it! Just imagine….anyway, now I also have opportunity to use the expression!).

Building a table like this is quick and easy. Short of a board and 2 sawhorses, I don't think there is a simpler way to make a table. There are no mortises, tenons, biscuits or any joinery. Everything was done with 22mm boards; mostly fall out from my mill. The legs are L-shaped in section, 2 short lengths screwed and plugged, one edge onto the next. The rails are glued and screwed to the insides of the L-shaped legs.

No edge jointing in the top which consists of 3 live edge boards. After cleaning up the natural edge on the first board a little, I overlaid it onto the next board, scribed the outline, cut to the line with jigsaw and simply butted the 2 boards together. Same with the third board. Hey, we're talking rustic here! Simple cleats are screwed to the rails from the inside and the boards that form the top are screwed down from below through oversize holes.
The timber I used is Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), indigenous to South Africa.

Off course one can also use the same method to build a quick but sturdy table with straight boards. So, no fancy joinery, no fancy tools; I hope it can inspire someone!

Yes, I know I should have taken more photos, but the table is gone….

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Your client wanted a "rustic coffee table" well he sure got a very nice one. Good job Div in delivering what was ordered :)
 

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sweet table

now that you can 'throw' things together
beware of it's big brother

'quick and dirty'
 

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Very nice box. Any chance of getting a couple of pix from underneath?

Chuck
 

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David, I'm not going to say anything about "quick and dirty". Don't want to ruin my reputation, you see! ;^)

Achiko: Sorry Chuck, like I said, the table is out the door…
 

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I know you well enough to know there are love in the gaps, so no one will see if it was fast.
You managed to bring out the life of the wood, and make it new yet rustic.
Nice work.
From my heart brother,
Mads
 

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Sigh. I want to throw together things like that ;-).

Great table; nice and simple execution.
 

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The only throwing together I do is the firewood pile or things that become suitable for the firewood pile.
Looks great from here and sometimes that's all people want!
 

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I´m one who love dark / red furnitures but this table …... well .. I LIKE IT :)

thank´s for sharing Div.
Dennis
 

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I'm betting the folks that carried it out the door are happy to have it. Simple design, good outcome. Div pays some bills.
 

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It has a nice rustic look Div, and after all, rustic furniture wouldn't be rustic if sophisticated joining methods were used.
So a great result.
 

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Looks great Div. You do make it sound easy. But easy in your case looks great. Easy in my case…..well not so great ;)
 

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Div, I like the way you throw. Got any more curve balls like this. lol I'm not normally a fan of rustic, but this is a show stopper. I really like this table. Great job!!!
 

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Thanks to all my LJ friends for your comments! I am so busy making sadust at the moment that I 'm not spending much time in front of the computer. Forgive my slow response….
 

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I missed this when it posted! Nice table! And sold ahead of time! That's even sweeter. As soon as I have some dry boards I am going to have to build one of these! So you think a kreg jig could be used to join the sides to the top on this table? Also, when you get time could you please share the dimensions for you lovely table?
 

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Kelly, I will be so chuffed if you make a table to this method, it is so easy. Please do! Oh, "chuffed" means pleased, satisfied, impressed. I'm not sure if you use this word in the States….

No need for a Kreg jig, just simple cleats and common screws! Dimensions? Jeez, I can't remember. About 400mm high, width and length to suit your planks! Around 500-600 mm width would be good. Length, anything 900 - 1200mm. Time to get used to metrics! 25.4mm = 1 "
 

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We don't know that word "chuffed" here- glad you told me the meaning because I would have guessed it meant pissed off. LOL. Now you know I hate metrics but I will figger it out. ;) So don't use the Kreg jig even if I have one? Are the cleats better you think? Probably easier. But I need to get some cool boards- I have used mine up. Actually I may make this a "primitive style" table and use pine and cut a slat to the legs? Anyway I will build one. THANKS DIV! And I hope you sell ALL OF YOUR STUFF. Red tag mania! Then take your wife to dinner-sans kids. :)
 

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Come on Kelly, easy maths! Hey, go with that Kreg thing if you have one. We don't get them fancy things down here in the 3rd world! :^) Wood is wood, as long as it inspires you I'm a happy dude..

Red tag mania! Yeah, I like that. RED TAG MANIAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
 

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You are a happy dude! That's why we love you! And don't telll me you don't have a kreg jig. I saved up and got me one. That's how I hooked those picture fames together for the chalkboards. :) They are easy to use but leave a big whole unless you buy the wood plugs for another $10,000. ;) And don't forget to take you lovely wife to dinner- sans kids. There will be a quiz.
 
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